Portsmouth shoplifter made to do unpaid work

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A THIEF who targeted the same shop three times has been told to do unpaid work.

John Vella repeatedly stole from the Co-op in Sultan Road, Buckland, during a two-week period.

The 49-year-old stole £35 worth of washing detergents during the first incident.

He then went back two days later and stole more washing detergent.

He was caught after the third theft, when he took cheese and washing liquid.

Vella, of Foster Road, Landport, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work in the next year and pay £85 in costs.