Moment serial shoplifter runs out of Co-op store and straight into the arms of police – as thief, 33, is jailed for £2,250 crime spree
- Kirk Wharton, 33, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today
This is the shocking moment a serial shoplifter crashed into police officers after being caught red-handed.
Thief Kirk Wharton, 33, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today where he was sentenced for 22 weeks in prison following a wave of thefts, where he stole items totaling £2,250 in value.
Footage released by the force shows Wharton stealing from the Co-Op on Mansfield Road, Sherwood, on Tuesday, August 15, when he ran into officers who were investigating the store following a spate of shop thefts.
One of the cops had gone into the store to see its CCTV footage when she was told by shop staff that Wharton, a prime suspect, had just entered the store.
The officer told her colleagues who were in an unmarked police car outside before she went to arrest the man.
Footage released by the force today, shows Wharton stealing from the shop in Mansfield Road, Sherwood, on Tuesday, August 15
Kirk Wharton appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison following his wave of shoplifting
Wharton, who had stolen products such as meat, cheese and fish alongside other chilled items to help fuel his drug addiction, had tried to escape from the Co-op only to bump into more officers by the front door.
Wharton, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged.
Nottingham Crown Court heard the charges related to a string of thefts committed by Wharton at Co-op stores in Mansfield Road, Sherwood, and Beckhampton Road, Bestwood, between 18 June and 8 August 2023.
Wharton, who was called a prolific shoplifter by prosecutors, was further charged with breaching a Community Rehabilitation order after he missed a string of drug rehabilitation and probation appointments.
He pleaded guilty to all 26 counts and appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, August 25, when he was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison.
PC Phoebe Lau said: ‘Wharton is a prolific shoplifter who has persistently shown a complete contempt for the law.
Wharton is seen getting arrested by the door of the Co-Op store on Mansfield Road, Sherwood
‘As we often hear in cases of persistent shoplifting, it appears his offending escalated as a direct consequence of his drug addiction.
‘This was why he was placed on a community rehabilitation programme when he was last before the courts.
‘Such schemes are designed to help offenders turn their lives around but, very frustratingly, Wharton refused that support. He refused to engage with the drug rehabilitation programme and must now face the consequences.
‘He is among a number of persistent shoplifters who have been handed prison sentences in recent months, which is a testament to the work we’re doing to tackle retail crime in Nottinghamshire.
‘The force is also pursuing criminal behaviour orders, which allow swift and robust action if offenders repeat their behaviour.’
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