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Prolific Shoplifter and Absconder Gaoled

Friday 6 April 2018

Prolific shoplifter Michael Cakebread was gaoled for 38 weeks at a hearing in Hatfield on Friday 6th April 2018.

Cakebread, 29, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of 12 shoplifting offences, breaching the terms of his Criminal Behaviour Order and possession of an offensive weapon. He committed the shoplifting offences between March and the beginning of April this year (2018) in Ware, Hertford, Stanstead Abbotts and Hoddesdon at branches of the Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Tesco. During each offence Cakebread stole a quantity of meat.

Cakebread was also given a Criminal Behaviour Order in December 2017, prohibiting him from entering the stores where he committed the shoplifting offences. Following investigations by police, Cakebread was arrested at a branch of the Co-op in Sele Farm on 4th April. 

On 6th April Cakebread appeared at Hatfield Remand Court where he pleaded guilty to all offences. He was ordered to pay a fine of over £750 and was sentenced to 38 weeks.

Cakebread also has a history of absconding and failing to report to police.

East Herts Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald, said: "We will not tolerate the type of behaviour displayed by Michael Cakebread and will come down hard on anyone who conducts themselves in a similar manner."

"I am pleased with the outcome of this sentencing and hope that it not only gives Cakebread significant time to think about his actions, but that it also sends out a strong message to anyone who might consider shoplifting or causing a nuisance in East Herts."


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