TV thief who was stopped by heroes is jailed

David Blestoe-Brown with his Ford Transit van outside PC World on Northfield Avenue
David Blestoe-Brown with his Ford Transit van outside PC World on Northfield Avenue

A man who was accosted by a member of the public after he tried to steal two televisions from an electrical store has been handed a jail term.

Elvin Lovell, from Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to stealing two 22-inch TVs from PC World, on Northfield Avenue, Kettering, in August 2012.

Prosecuting, Keith Taylor told Kettering Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 2, that 31-year-old Lovell dropped the televisions, which were each valued at £169.99, after being chased by staff member Christopher Love. Lovell then ran off, and Mr Love decided to park his car in front of Lovell’s vehicle in order to box it in.

A member of the public, David Bletsoe-Brown, also parked his van behind Lovell’s car before Lovell pulled Mr Bletsoe-Brown, managing director of Telford Way business David Bletsoe-Brown Transport and Self Storage, from the van, and started the engine.

Staff at PC World tried to intervene, forcing Lovell to flee on foot. He was later arrested by police.

After the incident, Mr Bletsoe-Brown, whose intervention was praised by magistrates, told the Telegraph: “If you can bring people to justice then you should try to do that.”

Mr Taylor described Lovell as having “various and extensive previous convictions over many years”.

In mitigation, Lovell’s solicitor Jeremy Bowling said Lovell had no intention of stealing the van, saying: “Elvin Lovell was just trying to move David Bletsoe-Brown’s vehicle, not trying to take it.

“There was a struggle but he was simply struggling to extricate himself so he could leave the scene. The assault on Christopher Love was just a shove in the chest.

“It is a case of recklessness rather than deliberate and targeted assault.”

He added Lovell had been suffering from a drug addiction at the time of the offences but had since made significant progress.

But magistrates called Lovell’s long criminal record astonishing, and told him: “If it wasn’t for the public-spirited action of these two people you would have got away with it.”

Lovell, who is already serving a jail sentence for an unrelated matter, was sentenced to four weeks in prison for theft, six weeks for assaulting Mr Love, six weeks for assaulting Mr Bletsoe-Brown and four weeks for vehicle interference. The jail terms will run concurrently with his ongoing imprisonment.