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Prolific burglar who poses threat to society is jailed for 3 years over theft of trainers from Canterbury property

Contributed by editor on May 15, 2017 - 11:30 AM

 

A burglar who was caught on CCTV, alongside an accomplice, claiming a refund for a pair of trainers he had stolen has been sentenced to three years imprisonment.

 

 

Aidan Lewis stole a pair of Nike trainers, worth £100, from a room inside a property in Wincheap, Canterbury on 25 March 2017, less than four months after he was released from prison for a previous theft offence.

The shoes were new and in a box with a receipt accompanying them.

Following the theft Lewis met with a woman, who accompanied him to the store the trainers were purchased from and claimed a £100 cash refund.

Lewis, 26 and formerly of Wincheap in Canterbury, was arrested on 29 March and twice denied his involvement in police interview.

CCTV footage however showed him walking in Wincheap with a shoe box shaped object hidden under his jumper. Footage from the store then shows a woman, accompanied by Lewis, exchanging the shoes for cash.

He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 12 May 2017, where he offered no mitigation.

Police Constable Peter Leeming, the investigating officer said: ‘Lewis is a prolific offender who had been released from prison on 16 December after serving time for a previous theft offence.

‘He showed no regard for his victim and initially denied any knowledge of the incident, despite there being clear evidence to the contrary.

‘The sentence imposed is substantial and represents the threat he poses to society.’

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