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Judge warns serial offender: You're in a ton of trouble

Thief on all-store banning order racks up 98th conviction.

John Crabtree: Warned about reaching 100 convictions

John Crabtree: Warned about reaching 100 convictions

Date - 24th August 2018
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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A persistent thief who was banned from every shop in a northern England town has been told by a judge that there are “no prizes” for reaching 100 convictions.

Blackburn magistrates heard the conviction was the 98th on John Crabtree's record and the pensioner was in the “revolving door” syndrome between offending and prison.

District Judge James Clarke told Crabtree the door had apparently been spinning since 1983 and “you must be getting dizzy by now”.

He warned the offender: "I can promise you if you get to 100 convictions you will not get a prize."

Crabtree, 65, from Accrington, pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of washing up liquid from Wilko.

He was banned from all Wilko stores for three months and ordered to pay £170 in costs and a victim surcharge.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said the defendant was subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order which banned him from all stores in Accrington town centre.

Richard Prew, defending, said his client had committed 50 thefts since the beginning of 2017 and most of them had been in Accrington.

He said an application is to be made to the court on September 5 for the CBO to be removed on the basis his client was not able to comply because of memory problems.

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