The inspector in charge of policing South Holland has warned shoplifters and burglars that they risk losing their freedom if they are caught.
Neighbourhood policing inspector Gareth Boxall praised businesses for their role in bringing Matthew Dye (32), of West Parade, Spalding, to justice for a series of burglaries and shop thefts in the town.
Dye is serving a 26-week jail term after he admitted to five counts of burglary and shoplifting from businesses in Spalding and Pinchbeck between October 2017 and January 2018.
Inspector Boxall said: “This offender (Dye) has been punished for consistently targeting people in our area and, therefore, he has been given a sentence that means he has lost his right to be part of the community for 26 weeks.
“I want to thank the local businesses who are working to keep us informed of suspicious activity and for helping us in this case to put Matthew Dye before the magistrates.”
Most of Dye’s jail term relates to a suspended sentence handed down in March 2017 for shop thefts in Spalding and Boston, as well as another suspended sentence imposed last month for two burglaries in Spalding.
Inspector Boxall said: “We are determined to put before the courts anyone who decides to target honest businesses in South Holland, businesses that bring much good by serving their community.”
MONDAY 4.15PM: Serial Spalding shop thief jailed for 26 weeks
A man has been jailed for 26 weeks after he admitted to five counts of burglary and shoplifting in Spalding during a four-month period.
Matthew Dye (32), of West Parade, Spalding, was sentenced by Lincoln magistrates for offences that included two separate break-ins on the same day at the Classic News shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, on October 25, 2017.
Dye stole cigarettes, tobacco, scratch cards, a cash register and petty cash during the raid which shop owners Asgar Vanparekh and Abbas Laxmidhar estimated to be worth a total of at least £3,300.
The jail term for Dye included two weeks for the Classic News burglaries, as well as burglaries at Superdrug in Hall Place, Spalding, on January 14 this year, and Morrisons in Pinchbeck two days earlier.
Appearing before magistrates on Saturday, February 10, Dye pleaded guilty to stealing 12 bottles of alcohol from Morrisons, worth a total of £166, and cosmetics from Superdrug worth £180.
Part of Dye’s jail term was imposed for another theft at Morrisons on January 13 when he stole five bottles of gin worth £256.
Magistrates also activated a 24-week suspended sentence given to Dye on January 9 for stealing power tools and a cash register from B & Q, in Spalding, last November, and a burglary at Abbey Print, Pinchbeck, on January 9 when he stole a mobile phone and pen.