Spalding serial shoplifter jailed for 12 months and handed three-year driving ban
A prolific Spalding thief behind a spate of shoplifting and break-ins across the town over a six-month period has been jailed for a year.
Matthew Dye ((32), of West Parade, Spalding, stole goods totalling about £4,350, including cigarettes and tobacco worth £3,000 after breaking into Classic News in Sheep Market, Spalding, on January 14.
Lincoln magistrates also sentenced Dye after he admitted stealing goods of just over £1,350 from Wilkinson and Homebase, both in Holland Market, Spalding, on four separate dates in June.
In total, Dye pleaded guilty to ten charges which also included theft of a mobile phone, possessing classes Aand B drugs, as well as damaging a toilet whilst in custody at Boston Police Station on July 15.
Dye was also convicted of handling and driving a stolen car whilst disqualified for which he received a three-year ban.
Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "I am proud of the hard workby our officers in collecting all the evidence required to convict this man.
"Whilst South Holland will be free from his crimes for several months, my hope is that Dye takes on the help that will be offered to him on release so as not to repeat whatever motivated him to commit these offences."
As well as a jail term, and ban, Dye was told to pay total compensation of £730.
Stuart Brotherton, co-ordinator of Shopwatch Spalding and Holbeach, said: "On the face of it, this is a good result and it gives our businesses respite from Dye's offending.
"However, justice will not be seen as served because he will be out within a few months, making a mockery of the legal system.
"Twelve months should be 12 months, as it is in other countries, and Dye deserves no sentence reduction on the grounds that he pleaded guilty to most of his offences.
"I am sure everyone would agree with this."