"Prolific" offender arrested after Gosport shop and house burgled with booze stolen and staff threatened

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A “priority offender” has been arrested after alcohol was stolen from a shop and another house was burgled.

Officers initially received a report of a shoplifting incident in Stoke Road, Gosport, yesterday (May 27). Gosport Police said on Facebook that shop workers tried to challenge the male, but were threatened with violence.

Police initially received a report of a shop being burgled in Stoke Road, Gosport. A "prolific offender" was later detained on May 27. Picture: Google Street View.Police initially received a report of a shop being burgled in Stoke Road, Gosport. A "prolific offender" was later detained on May 27. Picture: Google Street View.
Police initially received a report of a shop being burgled in Stoke Road, Gosport. A "prolific offender" was later detained on May 27. Picture: Google Street View. | Google Street View

The force said a description was passed onto them, with an individual matching it being seen breaking into a house in Carnarvon Road. Several bank cards and other items were stolen from the address.

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A resident in Jessie Road approached an officer later that day after a male matching the description tried to get into their house through the back door. The force said: “Police had viewed CCTV from the store and were able to identify the suspect as a prolific and priority offender in the area.

“Arrest enquiries were made at another shop, who advised that he had attempted to shoplift there earlier in the day.” A 40-year-old was detained on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, two counts of shoplifting, a public order offence and possession of Class B drugs. Gosport Police added: “He was found in possession of bank cards in the name of the victim upon arrest.”

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