Prolific thief sent to prison

Glenn Stacey has been jailed for shoplifting
Glenn Stacey has been jailed for shoplifting
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One of Britain’s most prolific shoplifters threatened to shoot a supermarket manager when he was caught stealing from a store.

Glenn Stacey, who has 325 previous offences mainly for shoplifting, told a Sainsbury’s manager he would shoot him through the head and leg.

Stacey, 54, of Derby Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft of shopping valued at £45 and breaching a conditional discharge for shoplifting.

He was sentenced to four weeks in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Julia Jones, told him: “Your record is so absolutely appalling custody is the only option.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said manager Karl Southwood was told a man was acting suspiciously in the Sainsbury store at Red Bank Road at around 2.30am on October 17.

Stacey repeatedly asked the manager and staff members if they were watching him.

The alarm went off as Stacey tried to leave the store. He refused to let the manager look in his holdall, threatening to knock him out and shoot him in the head and leg.

Stacey then got one beef joint and some miniature whiskies out of his bag claiming that was all he had taken, but police also found another beef joint and some sausages.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Stacey had been in and out of jail spending short periods in custody for shoplifting.

The result was that he had not received any benefits for about 20 weeks.

Stacey was going to sell the goods he stole to buy things he wanted.

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