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A man who stole more than £2,700 worth of items from stores across Portsmouth has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.
Luke Rawson, 34, of Estella Road, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday (10 February) where he was sentenced in connection with the below incidents:
Rawson was also sentenced for an incident on Tuesday 1 December 2020 during which he was stopped in a van on Winchfield Crescent in Havant. The vehicle was stopped due to a faulty rear position light. Officers also noticed that the driver was weaving between lanes and that the vehicle was classed as uninsured. On stopping the van its tyres were also found to be defective.
Rawson tested positive for cocaine during a roadside drug wipe and on arrest he assaulted an officer by hitting them in the face. A knife was also located in his vehicle. He was charged with the following offences:
Police Constable Mike Ashcroft of Portsmouth Police’s City Centre Unit said: “Rawson was one of the most prolific shoplifters in the city centre and we have worked hard and investigated thoroughly to bring all of these cases before the courts.
“We hope that this sentence demonstrates to businesses across Portsmouth how seriously we take shoplifting. Business owners and shop staff should not have to come to work and face harassment and criminal behaviour. We know that this type of offending also has an impact on shoppers and local residents who visit these stores. We hope that this sends a clear message to any shoplifters out there: continue to steal and you will also end up in court.
“The city centre team, alongside our colleagues from Neighbourhood Policing, High Harm, Response & Patrol and Criminal Investigations Department, will continue to work hard to make Portsmouth a safer and more pleasant place for residents, visitors and businesses.
“Please continue to report instances of shoplifting to us, and other crimes like antisocial behaviour, as they help us build a stronger case against prolific offenders.”