‘Prolific’ thief goes to jail

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Scott Starr

A prolific thief who stole items including face masks, clothing and an Easter egg has been jailed.

Scott Starr has been convicted of three separate incidents which occurred in Hastings since the beginning of the year.

On January 7th, he was captured on CCTV stealing four grey coats from Debenhams in Robertson Street. On April 17th, he was captured on CCTV stealing face masks from The Body Shop in Station Road. On both occasions he was identified from the images by local officers.

Then on May 9th, he was captured on CCTV trying to gain entry to insecure vehicles parked in the vicinity of St Leonards seafront, he stole a rucksack containing a mobile phone and ID from one car in Caves Road and a sleeping bag, an Easter egg and a red plastic crate containing food from another car in Marina.

The camera operator alerted officers who attended the scene and found Starr in possession of the items, which were duly returned to their owners.

Starr was subsequently arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft from a vehicle. While in custody, he was further arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft, relating to the incidents at Debenhams and The Body Shop.

The 39-year-old, unemployed, of Pilot Road, Hastings, was charged with all four offences and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 10th.

He pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to a total of 32 weeks’ imprisonment.

The overall sentence included breaches of previous community orders and conditional discharges imposed for numerous other thefts in Eastbourne, Battle and Hastings.

Starr was also ordered to pay compensation of £57.50 to Debenhams and a further £57.50 compensation to The Body Shop.

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