Prolific shoplifter who targeted Hemel Hempstead shops sent to prison

The 28-year-old was sentenced on Monday, December 21

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 8:55 am

A prolific shoplifter who targeted a chemist in Hemel Hempstead has been given a 30-week jail sentence.

Richard Moore, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 21, after pleading guilty to seven charges of theft from a shop.

The court heard how Moore stole several beauty gift sets – some of which were worth £80 each – from Boots on the Marlowes on a number of occasions between Thursday, December 10, and Thursday, December 17.

Richard Moore was sentenced after pleading guilty

He had also previously stolen several bottles of alcohol, worth in excess of £200, from Asda on Hillfield Road, on Monday, November 30.

He was identified using images from the Boots’ CCTV system and arrested by officers on Saturday, December 19, before being charged and remanded ahead of his court appearance.

Assistant Investigator Jayne Davidson, from the Case Investigation Team, said: “Moore is well known to local officers and showed brazen disregard for the law when he repeatedly stole from a local business.

“We are pleased that he has received a custodial sentence on this occasion so he has been taken off the streets and further crime sprees have been prevented.”

Moore has been ordered by the court to pay total compensation of £350 to both Boots and Asda.