Serial shoplifter jailed for 35 weeks after six-month spree worth thousands

A serial shoplifter who persistently targeted a BP station shop in Greenwich has been jailed for 35 weeks.

John Harris Bolton stole approximately £6,500 worth of items, including alcohol and meat, over a six-month period.

Bolton, 38, pleaded guilty to 31 offences of theft and was handed a custodial sentence on March 13 at Bexleyheath Magistrates’ Court.

He is banned from entering any BP store in South-east London for five years.

Superintendent Rav Pathania, leading local policing in Greenwich, said: “Bolton stole a huge amount of goods, and I’m pleased he’s paid the price for his crimes.

“We know the damaging effect shoplifting has on businesses, especially the awful impact on workers who feel threatened by those who target their workplace.

“This was a massive effort which I hope demonstrates how we will drive down crime, listen to community concerns, and tackle criminals who target shops and businesses.”

Cops arrested Bolton, who is of no fixed address, on February 4. He was charged but, while on bail, continued to offend.

When he was arrested on March 13 and brought before the courts, overwhelming evidence was presented to the magistrates of his activities.

Pictured top: John Harris Bolton (Picture: The Met)


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