Police have caught, charged and put a man before Magistrates today (Monday) after he was caught stealing 5 bottles of Ariel washing gel in Newport.
Paul Smart, 33, of Carisbrooke Road, Newport, was apprehended first thing this morning stealing from the Co-Op on Pyle Street by neighbourhood police officers. He has been described as a prolific offender.
He was swiftly taken to the cells at nearby Newport Police Station and charged with theft. He was remanded in custody until this afternoon when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court.
Magistrates didn’t look favourably on this latest offence and activated a 4-month suspended sentence handed down for a previous offence, meaning Smart will be behind bars over the Christmas period and into 2020.
Police have taken to Twitter to say that another prolific offender is off the streets thanks to Operation Donkey and the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.