Three prolific shop lifters jailed – and more due in court
9 May 2019
Three more of Grimsby’s most prolific shop lifters are now in prison as part of our continued crack down on shop theft and antisocial behaviour in the town centre and Freeman Street area.
Superintendent Dave Hall said: “We have warned those who think it’s acceptable to steal from businesses in our area or get involved in antisocial behaviour that we won’t tolerate it and now three people who have ignored that warning have found themselves in prison.
“Another five people we’ve put before the courts have been given suspended sentences or fines and we’ve charged another seven people who are due before the courts in the next few weeks.
“I’d like to thank all the retailers that are working with us to identify and prosecute the people responsible.
By working together we’re making a real impact, as with offences of this kind a small number of people are usually responsible for multiple incidents.”
We’re also continuing to work with the Town Centre Action Group, the council, health services and community groups to find a long term, sustainable solution to the problem as this isn’t something that can be done just by making arrests.
Supt Hall said: “We want to continue to support our local retailers and business owners in ensuring that Grimsby town centre, Freeman Street and the nearby shops and services are somewhere everyone can go and shop, relax and enjoy themselves.
“The majority of those who steal from shops are doing so to feed a drug habit. They’re also vulnerable, with complex lifestyles and it’s important that all of us come together to offer them the support they need to make more positive choices.
“Only by doing this can we tackle the issues which have caused them commit these offences in the first place and find a long-term solution to the concerns of retailers and shoppers.”
Below are the details of the people who are recently appeared in court or have been charged:
Catherine Ritchie (pictured far left), 45, of Tivoli Gardens, Grimsby, was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday, May 1, after admitting stealing coffee and goods from Starbucks on April 19, stealing coffee from Farm Foods on March 27, stealing meat from Farm Foods on March 24, stealing underwear from Matalan on April 9, stealing alcohol from Asda on March 18, stealing coffee from Farm Foods on April 26 and stealing clothing from Boyes on April 30. She also admitted failing to attend court on April 25.
Mark Gibson (pictured centre), 37, of Tivoli Gardens, Grimsby, has been jailed for 12 weeks after admitting to stealing clothing from Boyes on April 30, stealing a laptop from Starbucks on April 8 and stealing groceries from Sainsbury’s on April 20. He has also been ordered to pay £100 compensation.
Aiden Gornall (pictured, far right), 31, of Clerke Street, Cleethorpes, has been recalled to prison after being arrested on Thursday, May 2. He also appeared at Grimsby Magistrates Court on Monday, April 22, charged with stealing chocolates from Tesco on April 21, stealing bedding from Dunhelm Mill on April 20, and resisting a PCSO in his lawful duty on April 21.
Michael Rae, 51, of Albert Street West, Grimsby, was jailed for four weeks suspended for six months and ordered to pay £48 and £11.98 in compensation, after admitting to stealing clothing from Peacocks on February 2 and coffee from Farm Foods on January 7.
Peter Atkins, 29 of Torrington Street, Grimsby, was given a six month conditional discharge after he admitted stealing toiletries on March 5.
Jae Hurst, 22, of Defender Drive, Grimsby, had the terms of a suspended prison sentence extended from 12 months to 18 months, was fined £80, with £40 costs and ordered to pay £94, £46.34 compensation after admitting stealing electricals from The Food Warehouse on March 10 and confectionary from The Big Red.
Evan Jensen, 54, of Hainton Avenue, Grimsby, was jailed for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months after admitting to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour on February 6. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £100 compensation.
Emily Wheeldin, 18, of Hare Street, Grimsby, is charged with assaulting a PCSO, stealing food from Greggs, stealing toiletries and cosmetics from Wilkinsons and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour on Tuesday, May 7. She’s also charged with an assault on Friday, May 3. She has been bailed to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on July 15.
Stephen Smith, 44, of Hope Street, Grimsby, is charged with stealing cheese from Sainsbury’s on Monday, April 8. He is due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court today.
Callum Wilson, 34, of Pasture Street, Grimsby, has been charged with stealing biscuits from Marks and Spencer on January 11, attempting to steal perfume from Superdrug on January 31 and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour on January 31. He has been released on conditional bail to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 28. In the meantime he is prohibited from entering Freshney Place.
Tony Parker, 26, of Tunnard Street, Grimsby, is charged with three counts of stealing groceries from Farm Foods on Monday, April 8 and a further count of stealing from the store on Tuesday, April 9. He has been bailed to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 30.
Michael Winchester, 33, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing perfume from The Fragrance Shop on February 19, stealing chocolates from Spar on March 25, stealing books from The Works on March 26, stealing coffee from Shell Service Station on April 2, stealing perfume from House of Fraser on March 21 and stealing chocolate from the Co-op on April 11. He was due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court earlier this week.
Gareth Vinson, 39, of Lord Street, Grimsby, is charged with stealing confectionary to the value of £162 from Marks and Spencer on April 15. He has been released on conditional bail to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on Friday, June 7. In the meantime, he is prohibited from entering Marks and Spencer.
A 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour on April 28 and stealing food from Greggs on May 7. She has been bailed to appear before Grimsby Youth Court on Thursday, June 6.