Man raids Coventry Primark just minutes after walking free from court

Jordan McCallum
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A man who was caught shoplifting just minutes after being handed a suspended sentence has been jailed. Jordan McCallum was caught red-handed stealing from Primark in Coventry.

McCallum, 37, was jailed on Friday (May 31) after he was spotted entering Primark on Broadgate, filling a bag with items and leaving without paying. He was then immediately arrested and the stolen items were returned.

It happened just minutes after McCallum, of no fixed address, had been in court receiving a suspended sentence for the same offence, West Midlands Police said. His original suspended sentence of eight weeks for shoplifting has now been activated, with an additional four weeks added.

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Chief Inspector Dave Amos, of Coventry Police, said: “Shoplifting is a constant source of trouble for retailers in Coventry, and we are committed to taking strong action against persistent offenders. Our teams regularly engage with businesses across Coventry to build a picture of how shoplifters act and who the most prolific offenders are and this was an example of our city centre officers knowing the location, knowing the offender and acting on that local knowledge to prevent crime.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police added: “We fully understand the impact and frustration of shoplifting on businesses of all sizes, it is a crime which can affect livelihoods. As part of our more local policing model, our teams across investigations, neighbourhood and response are now working closer together to prevent and tackle crimes which impact our communities.

“Using local officer knowledge and working with store security, we are able to identify suspects, and any emerging trends or hotspots quicker. We routinely carry out regular high visibility patrols in retail areas, along with other activity, to trace and catch offenders.”

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