Dane O'Callaghan, 35, has been jailed for shoplifting several items, including champagne, meat, confectionary, and two bicycles.

On January 11, O'Callaghan entered the Co-Op in Loxley Centre, Werrington and hid four bottles of champagne worth £80 in his coat before leaving without paying.

He returned to the shop three times between January 17 and January 28 and stole £120 worth of items, mostly meat and confectionary.

When he was confronted by a staff member, he verbally threatened them and reached into his pocket to intimidate the staff member.

In the early hours on February 3, officers on patrol spotted him in Lincoln Road, Millfield and arrested him.

While in custody, he was further arrested for common assault, theft of two dog leads and a harness worth £99 from Gladwells Pet & Country Stores in Millfield on 11 January, theft of a £24 drone from The Entertainer in Bridge Street on 24 January, and theft of two bicycles from a shed in Eastfield Road on 22 January.

O’Callaghan appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (5 February), where he was sentenced to 26-weeks in prison after admitting all offences.

He has also been ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the owner of the bicycles, £24 in compensation to The Entertainer, £99 to Gladwells Pet & Country Stores, and £200 to the Co-Op.

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PC Kyle Carter-Lawrence, who investigated, said: “O’Callaghan knew what he was doing when he entered these shops, even taking measures to intimidate staff members in order to get away with the offences.

“I would like to thank the businesses for consistently reporting incidents of shoplifting to us, which helps us to identify the individuals and put them through the courts.”

Following convictions for shoplifting offences in December last year, O’Callaghan was made subject of a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), which states he must not enter Brotherhood Retail Park, Peterborough.