A prolific shoplifter, described as a menace to shop owners and businesses in Haverhill, has been imprisoned for eight months after admitting a string of offences.
David Kemp, 34, of Fritton Court in Haverhill, was sentenced to 33 weeks in prison by Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (July 3).
Inspector Peter Ferrie, Local Policing Commander for Haverhill, said: “I’m delighted that David Kemp has received a substantial term in prison for these offences.
“He was a menace to shopkeepers and businesses throughout Haverhill and was responsible for a long catalogue of crimes.
“We have a small ring of professional shoplifters in Haverhill and this sends out a strong message to them that if caught they will receive a lengthily custodial sentence.”
Kemp had pleaded guilty to six charges of theft from a shop at a prior hearing on Friday, June 27, with five offences taking place at shops in Haverhill between May 7 and June 26 this year, and one offence taking place in Ipswich on April 7.
He also gave an indicated plea of guilty to a charge of theft, relating to an incident in Haverhill on June 14 where an X-Box was stolen.
Kemp was granted bail at the hearing on June 27 pending a pre-sentence report, but then re-arrested on Wednesday July 2 and charged with a further count of theft from a shop relating to an incident in Haverhill on June 22.
He was also charged with theft in relation to a charity box which was stolen from a restaurant in Haverhill on Saturday, June 28.
He was remanded in custody and then pleaded guilty to the two additional charges when he appeared before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ court last Thursday.