James Caraccio, of Spalding, given two-year Criminal Behaviour Order after series of shoplifting crimes
A man convicted over a series of shoplifting incidents in Spalding has been given a two-year ban from stores across the town.
James Caraccio (48), of Roman Bank, Spalding, was made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by magistrates after a request from police in Spalding.
Under the order, Caraccio is not allowed to enter any shops except for a specified chemist to buy medicine.
He is also barred, according to terms laid down in the order, from "shouting, swearing, throwing things or behaving in an intimidating or aggressive manner that causes, or is likely to cause persons in the county of Lincolnshire to suffer harassment, alarm or distress".
Failure to comply with the order, handed down during a hearing at Boston Magistrates Court on June 26, is considered a criminal offence which could result in Caraccio being jailed for a period ranging from six months to five years,
The length of prison sentence is dependent on whether any breach of the order is dealt with by magistrates or by a crown court
Caraccio had been found guilty of stealing a children's slide worth £30 from Poundtstretcher, in Spalding's Holland Market, alongside his admittance to the theft of two bottles of vodka worth nearly £20 from B&M Stores in Westlode Street.
He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of stealing three bottles of alcohol from B&M Bargains, off Winsover Road, as well as another charge of theft from Iceland, off Winfrey Avenue.
Inspector Gareth Boxall, South Holland sector neighbourhood policing inspector, said: "Our application for the CBO detailed Caraccio’s behaviour over the last three years, a period that included 18 incidents at retail premises in Spalding.
"In a number of these cases, Caraccio was reported to have been threatening or abusive and had repeatedly stolen from shops throughout the town.
"Caraccio had previously been banned from shops in Spalding town centre shops under the ShopWatch Scheme, however, he continued to enter and steal goods from them.
"As a consequence, we compiled evidence from a number of shop staff who detailed how Caraccio was abusive and threatening to them, often in front of customers."
As well as handing him a CBO, magistrates in Boston also told Caraccio to undergo a six-month alcohol treatment programme with UK drug, alcohol and mental health charity Addaction.
In addition, Caraccio was ordered to fulfil a "rehabilitation activity requirement" set by his probation officer lasting a maximum of 20 days.
Inspector Boxall: "The application for a CBO took our officers a considerable amount of time to put together.
"As well as addressing Caraccio’s conduct, I hope it sends a clear message to those who continue to offend that our shops are not 'fair game'".
Ex-Spalding policing sergeant Stuart Brotherton, now co-ordinator of ShopWatch Spalding and Holbeach, said: "This is welcome news and, hopefully, Caraccio will adhere to the conditions required in the order, giving our retailers some respite from his offending."
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