Thief stole from three shops in four days

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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A THIEF who targeted shops for expensive electrical items has been ordered to do community service.

Robbie Moret was also given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard the 23-year-old had stolen from three shops in the space of four days in November last year.

The first theft was at Sainsbury’s, in Hedge End, on November 17. Moret stole an iPod, worth £120.

The next day he took 14 iPods, worth £1,400, from Sainsbury’s in St Leonards On Sea, in East Sussex.

Then, on September 20, he stole a Nikon digital camera, a Samsung video camera and a camera lens from Currys in Westwood Cross, Kent.

Moret, of Bramdean Drive, Leigh Park, denied the offences but he was found guilty of three counts of theft after a trial.

The magistrates ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £1,070, in compensation, to the three stores.