Shoplifter stole £908 worth of goods

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A SERIAL shoplifter caught stealing more than £900 worth of goods in five separate thefts has been ordered to do unpaid work.

Mark Edwards stole £101.20 of food from Waitrose in Stanford Road, Lymington, in the New Forest, on New Year’s Eve.

The 42-year-old also fled with £135.43 of alcohol from a Southern Co-operatives store in The Square, Wickham, on February 2.

And Edwards, from Havant Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, stole £247.97 of alcohol from a Co-op store in White Dirt Lane, Waterlooville, on September 22.

Magistrates heard that three days later the shoplifter stole groceries worth £210.74 from a Co-op in Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

On the same day he fled with £212.99 of groceries from Bookers at Harnham bus park in Salisbury.

Edwards pleaded guilty to five counts of theft totalling £908.33 when he appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

He was given a community order and must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months.

Magistrates made no order for court costs or for compensation to be paid to any of the stores that were affected.