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May 18, 2023

Cambridge thief stole salmon, perfume and coffee machines during crime spree

During his nine-month crimewave he targeted a church and stole a £1,000 keyboard

During his nine-month crimewave he targeted a church and stole a £1,000 keyboard

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Shoplifter Andrew Corker 'unleashed misery on the Cambridge retail industry' during a nine-month crime spree. The 46-year-old stole items including salmon, a coffee machine, perfume and electric toothbrushes - with CCTV images showing him walking out without paying each time.

Corker's crime spree started in May last year when he stole packets of salmon from Sainsbury's, in Mill Road, and continued as he targeted five different shops, stealing a range of items. On February 3 this year, he entered St Laurence's Catholic Church, in Milton Road, Cambridge.

CCTV showed him walking around for a while before picking up a Yamaha keyboard worth £1,000 and leaving. On February 22 he went into the Brooks Road Sainsbury's to try and steal four bottles of brandy before thrusting a flip knife at a security guard who tried to stop him before running away.

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He was arrested and offered no comment when interviewed by police. Now Corker, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison at Peterborough Crown Court after pleading guilty to seven counts of shoplifting, one of theft by walk-in (sneak-in), possessing a blade, and threatening a person with a blade in a public place.

PC Ryan Parker, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "Corker is a prolific offender who unleashed misery on the Cambridge retail industry. He showed no signs of stopping and no remorse for his actions.

"People often think of shoplifting as a victimless crime, but it can have a huge impact on both businesses and their employees and it often comes hand-in-hand with other crimes. I hope the sentence will provide reassurance to businesses and members of the public, as well as a warning for other offenders who think shops are easy targets."

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