Southend shoplifter who stole nearly £2000 worth of food in a month has been banned from BP and Co-Op

Lloyd Miller, 33, stole over a thousand pounds worth of food between April and May 2024
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A prolific Southend shoplifter has been jailed for four months and banned from all Co-op stores and BP garages in Essex for three years thanks to work by town centre team officers. During April and May of this year, Lloyd Miller stole a significant amount of food from shops in Southend.

Lloyd, 33, of no fixed address, carried out 25 thefts from a number of stores in Westcliff, Hockley, Benfleet and Leigh-on-Sea between Monday, April 1 and Friday, May 17 this year.

In total, Lloyd stole alcohol, meat, ready meals, chocolates, delicatessen foods and other groceries, valued at more than £1,800. He was arrested on May 17 and later charged. At Southend on Sea Magistrates’ Court on 20 June he was convicted of theft and jailed for a total of four months. He was also ordered to pay a £154 victim surcharge.

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The sentencing also included that Lloyd was made the subject of a three-year criminal behaviour order which bans him from all Co-op and BP stores in Essex, the One Stop in Spa Road, Hockley, and The Range in London Road, Southend.

Lloyd was arrested by officers from Southend Town Centre Team. They launched Operation Raker last year to target persistent offenders responsible for thefts, assaults and public order offences.

Sergeant Steve Wells said: “Lloyd Miller is a prolific shoplifter who has stolen a significant amount of items from a series of shops.

“We set up ‘Operation Raker’ to focus on prolific offenders in the city and results like this at court show it’s working.

“Through this work, we’re working to make sure our high streets and shopping areas are safe for people to work in and visit.

“Southend and, indeed, the whole of Essex, is open for business but closed for crime. We will continue to act against those who are targeting and impacting our businesses.”