Persistent shoplifter jailed

A shoplifter who flouted a court order put in place to protect businesses from theft has been jailed for more than two years.

Sean Napper, 41, admitted acting in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) when he stole energy drinks and alcohol from a shop in Canvey Road, Canvey, last month.

He was made the subject of the order in April last year, with strict conditions attached banning him from many stores in the Canvey area.

The order is in place for five years and was implemented following Napper’s conviction for similar shoplifting offences.

But on December 10, he entered a Co-op store, in Canvey Road, leaving with an energy drink and making no attempt to pay.

On December 27, he entered the same store before leaving with bottles of wine valued at £60.
Police apprehended Napper after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to attend a scheduled drugs assessment and breaching the CBO.

Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday December 28, he admitted two counts of breaching a CBO and two counts of theft from a shop.

Two suspended prison sentences, imposed for previous offending, were also activated.

Napper, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 26 months imprisonment.