Serial thief stole £500 worth of condoms during £4k shoplifting spree

A thief who went on a two-month shoplifting rampage stole over £500 worth of condoms as well as booze, chocolate and make-up in a spree worth over £4,000.

In a dozen incidents, Ashley Roden targeted a series of shops in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham from September to October this year.

The 30-year-old admitted to 12 counts of theft from a shop as well as one charge of common assault and another of threatening behaviour at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, December 13, BirminghamLive reports.

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During the shoplifting spree, he stole from a Co-op six times, a Boots five times and a JD sports once. He also had a previous conviction for shoplifting for stealing £60.40 worth of meat from a Co-op on June 16.

Serial criminal Roden had also assaulted an emergency worker on July 14 and had previously failed to comply with the requirements of a community order by not attending probation appointments.

Indy Bhomra, defending, claimed the thief had an 'illness', he said: "He has had a difficult time. He has addiction problems. He also had an illness for a while.

"During this time he had a young child who was born this year. Further, his father recently passed away. He was homeless at the time. He accepts these matters."

The shoplifting spree began on September 18 when Roden took £1,400 of make-up from Boots.

On October 6 he then stole £315-worth of McKenzie coats from JD Sports as well as £180 of chocolate from a Co-op.

Another three incidents occurred on October 15, in which he stole £500-worth of make-up at Boots, £160 of chocolate from Co-op and £139 of spirits from Co-op.

On October 17 he pinched £200-worth of make-up and £500 haul of condoms from Boots.

He targeted a Co-op again on October 19 and 20, stealing £137 of spirits and £30 of meat.

He then stole more chocolate from a Co-op on October 24 and the following day he took another £721 worth of make-up from Boots.

In total his stolen haul, including his previous theft in June, amounted to £4,342.40 worth of goods.

Prosecutor Ros Butler recommended the case be committed to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence.

Agreeing with this, District Judge David Wain said: "This was a campaign of theft with an extremely high value. These matters are so serious that only the crown court can deal with them."

Roden was remanded in custody where he awaits his next hearing, set to take place at Birmingham Crown Court on January 10.


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