Thief who used threatening racially aggravated words - stole from three stores Jailed

Billy Ormiston - Serial Thief!


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Story by Simon Evans 27th August 2020

A serial thief who stole from three Nuneaton shops - and even nicked a bag for life - has been jailed.

Billy Ormiston, aged 30, of Long Street, Atherstone, admitted entering B&M in Nuneaton as a trespasser and stealing perfume and a bag for life.

He pleaded guilty to stealing two Easter eggs worth £22 from the Co-op.

Ormiston also admiited stealing washing products worth a total of £103 and a crate of energy drinks from Haunchwood service station and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour which was racially aggravated.

Coventry Magistrates' Court sentenced him to 18 weeks in prison due to his 'record of previous offending'.

Ormiston was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £370 compensation and a £122 victim surcharge.

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