Leeds city centre shoplifter is jailed for two years

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A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been jailed for two years for his latest spate of offences in which he targeted a jewellers and upmarket city centre stores.

A judge told Robert Tetley that the time had come where he must face a lengthy prison over his “appalling” record.

Leeds Crown Court heard it is the tenth time Tetley had been arrested for shoplifting in the past four years.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said Tetley went into Hotel Chocolat, Boar Lane, and stole three boxes of chocolates worth £90 on February 8 this year.

A member of the public saw Tetley stealing the items and he was later identified from CCTV footage. Tetley then struck again at the Liz Earle store in the Victoria Quarter and stole £460 worth of beauty products.

Mr Adams said staff did not realise the items were missing until some time later but realised an offence had taken place after reviewing camera footage. Tetley’s final offence took place at H Samuels jewellers, Briggate, on March 28.

The court heard Tetley and another man went into the store and managed to steal 18 watches, worth £2,700, from a glass cabinet. The pair ran from the shop but Tetley was again identified and arrested on April 11. He told officers the watches had been sold and he had used the money to buy drugs.

Tetley, of Dorset Terrace, Harehills, pleaded guilty to three offences of theft. The court heard he has 15 separate convictions for theft. Stuart Field, mitigating, said Tetley had come to court prepared for a prison sentence. Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You are 48 years of age and you have an appalling record for shop lifting. In most recent years you have been almost constantly involved in it and have been convicted of it on 10 occasions in a short space of time. These were systematic offences to raise money and it seems to me that there is no alternative but to impose a prison sentence.

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