Shoplifting brothers sentenced

Two brothers who went shoplifting together in Pitsea and South Ockendon have been sentenced at court.

Damien Barnes, 38, and Wayne Barnes, 37, of Beambridge Court, Basildon, each admitted six counts of shop theft when they appeared before Southend magistrates on February 15.

Damien Barnes also admitted breaching a two-year criminal behaviour order by entering Tesco Express in Derry Avenue, South Ockendon on February 6 and stealing £40 of alcohol.

The court was told the pair stole a total of approximately £300 of shampoo, hair conditioners, deodorants and toothpaste from Boots in Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, on four occasions between January 24 and February 14.

And they stole laundry detergent, coffee and meat, totalling approximately £25, from the Co-op in Canterbury Parade, South Ockendon, on December 30 2023 and January 27.

Shortly after the final theft, officers from Basildon Local Policing Team arrested the pair at home.

Damien Barnes was jailed for a total of 26 weeks – which includes 12 weeks for breaching his criminal behaviour order – and ordered to pay a total of £211.90 in compensation.

His brother Wayne was given a six-week jail term suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay a total of £160.60 in compensation. He is also subject to a 12-month exclusion requirement not to enter Boots in Northlands Pavement or the Co-op store in Canterbury Parade.