Prolific shoplifter banned from Co-op stores across Chelmsford

A 23-year-old Maldon man has been banned from Co-op stores across Chelmsford.

On August 23, Colchester magistrates granted a three-year criminal behaviour order against Charlie Hunt-Wragg, of High Street, which forbids him from entering any Co-op store in Chelmsford during that time.

He is also prohibited from entering the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and from remaining in any shop or commercial premises, if staff ask him to leave.

CBOs are designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

It is an offence to breach the terms of a CBO and courts can impose a maximum sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both for an adult convicted of breaching them.

Hunt-Wragg was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £114 victim surcharge.

He had previously admitted three counts of theft from the Co-op store in Melbourne Avenue on June 13 & 16 and July 6 and one relating to the store in Havengore on June 26.

He also admitted stealing from Bodycare in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre on June 28 and from the Co-op store in Torquay Road, Springfield, on July 3 & 13. Household products, including washing detergent, toiletries, confectionery, pet food and litter were among the items he stole.

A town centre team officer identified Hunt-Wragg from store CCTV and he was arrested hours later on July 13.

Acting Inspector Graham Thomas, of Chelmsford Town Centre Team, said after the hearing that Hunt-Wragg was a prolific shoplifter with a history of offending.