Police are warning shoplifters that they’ll continue to work with retailers and their security staff in the ongoing fight against thefts from shops.
This comes as 25-year-old Guisborough man Callum Jack Hunter was sentenced to a 12-week prison sentence for thefts from a shop in the town.
Hunter was arrested on 6th December and questioned in connection with theft of coffee on 29th November and 1st December, as well as the theft of electrical equipment on the second date.
He was charged and appeared at court the following day where the custodial sentence was handed to him.
East Cleveland Neighbourhoods Inspector Neil Deluce said: “Retail crime affects stores, their staff and ultimately the honest majority of customers since the cost of stolen items is often passed on.
“Those who believe they can help themselves to whatever they like from shops should be warned that we’ll continue to work with retailers and our local authority partners to tackle this crime, doing all we can to bring offenders before the courts where a custodial sentence is a real possibility.”