Shoplifter behind bars for Christmas after stealing cosmetics from Clifton


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It’s the return to prison of a prolific shoplifter after targeting several stores on the same street.

He will now spend Christmas behind bars as a result of his actions.

Repeat offender Aaron Kelly stole items, including gift boxes and cosmetics, from a number of stores on Southchurch Drive in Clifton between December 3 and December 15, 2021.

But again, the threat has not gone away. He was arrested thanks to the proactive teamwork of the police, including the Nottinghamshire Police Department’s dedicated Operation Reacher team in the south of the city, who worked closely with colleagues from the neighborhood police team to search for multiple addresses using their local knowledge.

The excellent and persistent work of police officer Jane Gibson, who arrested Kelly, 32, helped build the case to bring him to justice.

Kelly, with no fixed address, has been charged with 11 thefts, two charges of false statement fraud and one charge of using threatening behavior.

After pleading guilty to offenses he was jailed for eight weeks when he appeared in Nottingham Magistrates’ Court for conviction on Thursday (December 16, 2021).

Clifton Neighborhood Police Sgt. Nigel Bradley said: “Kelly has been responsible for over 50 offenses at Clifton in the past two years. Earlier this year, he was jailed for 26 weeks following his conviction for 41 crimes, including the theft of gift boxes, food and makeup.

“Kelly’s persistent delinquency has had an extremely negative impact on businesses and the local community, so I’m glad he was taken off our streets.

“I would also like to thank the Clifton stores who were continually targeted for their cooperation during our investigation.

“The Clifton Police team supports local businesses and responds immediately when incidents are reported to ensure we maintain a good working relationship.

“Working closely with partners and residents, local officers have worked tirelessly to reduce shoplifting violations, including conducting proactive patrols, as well as providing support and advice to local businesses.

“I hope our continued joint efforts send a message that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated and we will continue to work together to reduce these harmful behaviors.”

Nottinghamshire Police are supporting a nationwide campaign to protect shop workers from violence and abuse.

The ShopKind campaign, led by the Home Office, unites the retail industry and encourages positive behavior in stores while recognizing the important role store workers play in our communities.

The force’s support for the campaign follows a string of county-wide successes including a crackdown on shoplifting in Clifton, which has seen offenses plummet and a number of prolific offenders locked up across the county .

When officers attend shoplifting reports, they consider other violations, as well as steps they can take to better support affected staff, including patrols and regular engagement with store staff. .

Officers also work to refer offenders, where appropriate, to rehabilitation and ensure that they receive all the help they need for issues such as substance abuse and mental health.

Local teams also work regularly with a variety of college students studying for a police and investigative degree to positively engage with stores. Undergraduates have the opportunity to become volunteer police officers and get out into the community.

To learn more about the ShopKind campaign, visit dedicated ShopKind page.

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