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A Cambridge shoplifter who threatened to turn up at a staff member’s house has been jailed

A shoplifter in Cambridge, Peter McClelland, 37, has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after he threatened a staff member and committed a series of thefts in the area.



On 11th February, McClelland entered Sainsbury’s on Station Road, Cambridge, filled a rucksack with alcohol cans worth £30, and left without paying. When confronted by a staff member, he threatened to go to their house.


McClelland, residing in Bliss Way, Cambridge, was apprehended by the Spree Offender Team in High Street, Chesterton, on Monday 8th April. He faced charges for nine offences, including theft from various stores in Cambridge.


These include stealing alcohol from Sainsbury’s, hot food, chocolate, beer, and phone chargers from Co-Op, among others, totaling to several hundreds of pounds.


Appearing at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 9th April, he was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, activating two suspended sentences he had previously received in February for theft offences.


PC Sarah Pride, the investigating officer, highlighted the diligent efforts of the dedicated Spree Offender Team in tackling shoplifting and other prolific offences in Cambridge. She also thanked the involved shops for consistently reporting offences, aiding in identifying and prosecuting repeat offenders like McClelland.


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