Prolific Portsmouth shoplifter jailed for 90 days

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PROLIFIC thief Patrick Clarke has been jailed.

The 31-year-old was sentenced to 90 days in prison for a string of shoplifting offences.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard Clarke targeted shops in Portsmouth in July and August.

He stole £160 worth of meat and cheese from the Co-op in New Road, Copnor, on July 1.

Six days later he returned to the same shop and stole another £126 worth of meat and cheese.

On August 1 he stole £35 worth of sweets from the Co-op at The Hard, Portsea.

Later that day he targeted the Co-op in New Road, Copnor, for a third time, this time getting away with £80 worth of meat and cheese.

A short time later on the same day he stole £50 worth of food from the Co-op in Havant Road, Drayton.

Two weeks later Clarke stole £44 worth of Haribo sweets from WHSmith in Commercial Road, Landport.

Clarke, of Sultan Road, Buckland, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft when he appeared before the magistrates.

The magistrates heard he has a history of committing similar theft offences.

No order for compensation was made.