Richard Freeman pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court to shoplifting and assault on January 1, 2018.
Over the past few months, Freeman had targeted a variety of stores, mainly in the Kingsthorpe area. As well as stealing goods from them, he often displayed aggressive behaviour and assaulted staff on a number of occasions.
Sergeant Steve Middleditch, from the Force Investigation Team, said: “This was an outstanding piece of work by one of our officers who worked tirelessly and often past her posted duty time to ensure we got a good result on this case.
“Freeman’s behaviour had caused a number of people working in Kingsthorpe stores to become fearful of coming in to work.
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“Our officer knew this and worked on an intensive plan with fellow officers to arrest Freeman and ensure that the evidence brought against him would be enough to warrant a prison sentence.
“This is a fantastic result, not only for the officers involved in the case and the Force as a whole, but also for the shopkeepers of Northampton.”