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Prolific Surrey shoplifter jailed

News   •   Jun 07, 2019 16:59 BST

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed after admitting nine counts of theft.

Ben Price, 38, of Park Barn Drive, Guildford, pleaded guilty last month and at Guildford Crown Court last Friday (31 May) he was jailed for 21 months.

Price was spotted on CCTV at various shops across the county stealing alcohol from supermarkets and watches from a sports shop.

He admitted the offences in interview and also asked for other offences to be taken into consideration, admitting that he looked to sell the stolen items on.

Inspector Dallas McDermott, Borough Commander for Elmbridge, said: “Price is one of Surrey’s most prolific shoplifters and I am delighted that he is behind bars for his crimes.

“His sentence sends a message that we will not welcome thieves in Surrey and will seek to arrest those responsible, charge them and put them before the courts.

“I understand that this spate of incidents would have been distressing to the businesses and staff members concerned and I hope they will feel justice has been served.”

Price’s sentence is related to thefts at:

11 January 2019 at Waitrose, Godalming (Taken Into Consideration)

22 February 2019 at Waitrose, Godalming

28 February 2019 at Waitrose, Godalming

25 March 2019 at Sainsbury’s, Cobham (Taken Into Consideration)

26 March 2019 at Waitrose, Farnham (Taken Into Consideration)

1 April 2019 at Sainsbury’s, Guildford (Taken Into Consideration)

9 April 2019 at Decathlon, Guildford

19 April 2019 at Waitrose, Farnham

30 April 2019 at Waitrose, Hersham

1 April 2019 at Horsley Towers Services, Leatherhead

20 April 2019 at Waitrose, Dorking

20 April 2019 at Sainsbury’s, Guildford

28 April 2019 at Homebase, Reigate

There are a number of tell-tale signs that flag up a shoplifter. But remember, while the following don't necessarily mean the person is guilty – and be aware that you are responsible for your behaviour, both legally and commercially – we recommend that you keep an eye on shoppers who:

Seem to be watching you and the staff rather than shopping and may be waiting for the right moment to steal an item

Seem to want to keep your attention and talk for the sake of it – possibly because an accomplice is elsewhere stealing

Look like they’re taking little notice of your products

Seem a little nervous and possibly pick up random items with little interest

Keep refusing your offer of help or assistance

Frequently enter your store and never make a purchase

Want you to unlock and open cabinets but don’t buy anything