Prolific Falmouth shoplifter stole wallets

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A prolific shoplifter who stole three wallets from a shop in Falmouth was arrested after some good work by the police, Truro’s magistrates’ court heard.

A picture from CCTV images taken at the Fat Face Shop in Church Street was sent to Penzance, where a policewoman recognised the man as she had dealt with him before for similar offences.

Before the court was carpenter Clifford Vaughan Townsend, aged 51, of Chywoone Place, Newlyn, who pleaded guilty to the theft of the wallets worth £48 on March 19.

Prosecutor Julian Herbert said when CCTV was checked, after defendant had left the shop, it showed him taking the wallets and leaving without paying. He had a number of previous convictions for shoplifting.

Solicitor Paul Gallagher said Townsend realized he was nearing the end of the road and had now changed his lifestyle, changing his friends, and was adamant that he would not offend again.

As a carpenter he had been short of work lately, which was why he had been stealing.

Townsend was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for a year, by District Judge Ian Strongman. He had to pay £48 compensation.

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7:17am Tue 9 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

As he is a carpenter, if he is short of work, perhaps he could try making some nice wooden garden ornaments out of wood and selling them. There is very often drift wood on the beaches he could use. When you see how much small wooden things cost in the shops, many which look like they are made from odd bits of wood, it shouldn't take much to make a profit.
As he is a carpenter, if he is short of work, perhaps he could try making some nice wooden garden ornaments out of wood and selling them. There is very often drift wood on the beaches he could use. When you see how much small wooden things cost in the shops, many which look like they are made from odd bits of wood, it shouldn't take much to make a profit. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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4:42pm Tue 9 Jul 13

meerkats says...

stealing wallets when he has no money lol . On a serious note as Gill already said he could put his time and work to good use and make things ,better than getting in trouble with the Police all the time.
stealing wallets when he has no money lol . On a serious note as Gill already said he could put his time and work to good use and make things ,better than getting in trouble with the Police all the time. meerkats
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