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JUSTICE SERVED: Threatening shoplifter banned from Hertsmere for five years

 Published on: 14th July 2021   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A shoplifter who threatened an assistant with his crack pipe when he was caught out in Borehamwood has been banned from Hertsmere for five years.

Christopher Crowe, 41, was leaving Aldi in the Borehamwood Shopping Park when he was challenged by the worker, St Albans Crown Court heard on Wednesday, July 7.

The jury was told Crowe said: “Back off” three times and produced a four-inch bladed article.

Crowe and a man he was with left Aldi with six bottles of wine worth £40, but were stopped by the police a third of a mile away, said prosecutor Kenniesha Stephens.

Crowe told the officers: “I was handed the bags by a black guy up the road.”

When interviewed, he made no comment. Ms Stephens said the weapon was never found.

His barrister Hannah Williams told Judge Michael Simon: “He says it was part of a coat hanger her used to clean his crack pipe. He had no intention to do anything else with it.

“Drugs are the problem. He has been in custody since April and has been clean since then.”

Crowe, of no fixed address but from the Cricklewood area of London, appeared for sentence on a video link from Wormwood Scrubs, having previously been found guilty by magistrates of possessing a bladed article at 7.45pm on Saturday, September 5 last year.

He had admitted theft. He had 70 convictions for 114 offences, including 61 thefts.

The Met Police’s Offender Management Team were granted a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order against Crowe, which includes conditions banning him from Cricklewood and Hertsmere, drinking in public places and attending drug rehabilitation.

Jailing him for 12 months, Judge Simon said: “You have caused harassment, alarm and distress to people in NW2 and now Hertsmere. The Criminal Behaviour Order is to assist you to desist from further offending.”

He said Crowe has to realise he needs help to remain off drugs.

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