Prolific shoplifter who stole to fund drug habit is jailed
A PROLIFIC shoplifter who targeted businesses in Redruth and St Austell has been jailed for a year in a bid to convince him of the seriousness of his actions.
Neil Woodside, 28, who the was described as a menace to the shopkeepers of Cornwall, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for five separate shop thefts.
The court heard that Woodside, formerly of Cosgarne Hall in St Austell, has a history of shoplifting, with 19 previous offences listed against him going back to 1999.
Alistair Verheijen, for the CPS, said the most recent offences took place between the end of May and August this year.
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On May 29, Woodside stole £62 worth of DVDs from Tesco in Camborne.
On May 10 and 17 he took a total of £298 worth of cosmetics from Boots chemist in Redruth.
On July 26 – seven days after pleading guilty to the first three offences in front of magistrates – Woodside took DVDs and games worth £184 from Asda in St Austell and on August 1 he stole £40 worth of beef joints from Aldi in St Austell.
Paul Gallagher, for the defence, said Woodside stole to fund his drug habit but was now on a methadone prescription and was trying to sort his life out.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “You are a prolific offender. You are a menace to the shopkeepers here in Cornwall.
“I am sorry but on this occasion the court has to impress upon you that these are serious offences.”
Woodside was sentenced to 12 months in custody of which he will serve half before being released on licence.