Northampton cheese thief who stole cheddar worth £80 from B&M back in jail three days before Christmas

Prolific shoplifter sentenced to 26 weeks over £1,600 haul including booze, meat, chocolate and candles

By Kevin Nicholls
Wednesday, 29th December 2021, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th December 2021, 9:02 am

A prolific shoplifter was back in jail three days before Christmas after admitting 13 thefts totalling £1,600 from five shops in Northampton.

Vaughan Coe took booze totalling more than £870 from M&S, BP and One Stop and Sainsbury between October 11 and December 10.

The 31-year-old, of Main Road, Far Cotton, also made off with meat, chocolate and deodorant from the same stores, Yankee Candles totalling £112 from a One Stop supermarket and £80 worth of Cathedral City Cheddar cheese from B&M.

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Shoplifter Vaughan Coe stole £80 of cheese from B&M in Northampton

Court documents showed magistrates ruled Coe’s persistent offending and failure to respond to non-custodial sentences left them with no alternative but to send him to prison for 26 weeks — two weeks for each offence — at a hearing on December 22.

In July, Coe was jailed for 18 weeks for a similar series of nine shoplifting charges from Tesco and Asda stores — including taking TVs worth nearly £400 — after magistrates heard he was battling a drug habit and could not remember stealing meat and sweets from Northampton supermarkets.

The court was also told Coe had 15 previous convictions involving 38 offences — the majority of which were shop-related matters — but was said to be turning his life around.