Prolific Tunbridge Wells shoplifter Steven Underwood jailed for almost a year

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By kentsussex | Monday, January 07, 2013, 10:25

A serial shoplifter was sentenced to 360 days behind bars after being caught stealing clothes and gadgets in his hometown of Tunbridge Wells.

On New Year's Eve, Steven Underwood, 37, of Oak Road, appeared before Mid Kent Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of theft and two of shoplifting. 

He was handed a sentence of 120 days for each, to run consecutively throughout 2013.

The court heard how at 3:15pm on 16 December he had stolen a Mulberry handbag, worth £450.00, from Fenwick in Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells. 

When Kent Police officers and shop security reviewed CCTV, it showed Underwood brazenly walking out of the store making no attempt to pay for the bag.

On 24 December, just before 2pm, Underwood was again caught on CCTV, this time after stuffing several pairs of Levi and Diesel designer jeans, to the value of £820, into a carrier bag in Hoopers in Mount Pleasant Road.

Then, at 11:30am on 28 December, he snatched an iPad from under a staff worker's counter at John Lewis in Kingstanding Way. Again he was spotted on store CCTV.

By now Kent Police officers were on his case and he was arrested at his home on 29 December.

Kent Police DC Graham Hunt said: "Underwood has a string of previous convictions for theft and burglary. I think a lot of people are extremely happy about him being locked up. 

"He had become a prolific offender, particularly targeting high-end stores."



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