‘Jingle cell’ for serial shoplifter who breached court order SIX times

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A SHOPLIFTER will spend Christmas behind bars after breaching a suspended sentence order for the sixth time to steal some rugs.

Steven Richardson’s eight-month jail term for burglary was suspended for two years by a judge who gave him a chance to prove he can keep out of trouble.

Steven Richardson

Steven Richardson

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 38-year-old has repeatedly committed crimes during the duration of the order.

His latest flouting of the suspension terms involves him stealing rugs from Wilkinsons store in Sunderland city centre on three separate occasions.

He admitted theft and Mr Recorder William Lowe, QC, sentenced him to total of 12 months behind bars.

The judge told him: “I’m afraid there comes a time the orders the court has made have to be enforced.”

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “He has been before the crown court and magistrates since the suspended sentence was imposed and dealt with in a number of ways.”

The court heard the 38-year-old, who appeared drunk in the dock, had said he would be willing to co-operate with any further order if he was given another chance.

Richardson, of Cardwell Street, Sunderland, shouted apologies from the dock as he was led away to start his sentence.

The court heard the convictions he has clocked up since he was given the suspended prison term include offences such as criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

Sunderland Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “The force is currently running Operation Soundwave aimed at tackling thieves and shoplifters and it’s positive to see that the courts are taking these types of offences as seriously we are. Richardson will be off the streets this Christmas and that’s a positive result for local businesses in Sunderland.”