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STOLEN CARD: Man re-imprisoned after crimes in St Albans

 Published on: 6th May 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Gary Jakeman breached his suspended sentence when he twice used a stolen credit card in St Albans to the tune of £44.

Jakeman used the card in a convenience store in the city and at an Esso garage.

But after police officers obtained CCTV images from both locations, Jakeman, a man with a long record for dishonestly and acquisitive crime, was tracked down and arrested.

He appeared in custody at St Albans Crown Court via a video link from Wormwood Scrubs today (Wednesday, May 6).

Jakeman, 30 of no fixed address, appeared for sentence having earlier been convicted at the West and Central Herts Magistrates court of two offences of dishonestly trying to make a false representation to cause loss to another.

Prosecutor Alfred Underwood told the court how the credit card was stolen on March 2 this year in St Albans.

It was used later that day at a cash point machine to take out £22 and the following day there was an attempt to use it once more for the same amount at the garage.

Armed with CCTV images from each of the offences, it didn’t take the police in St Albans long to arrest Jakeman.

At the time of the offences he was already subject to a 14-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months for a non-domestic burglary, when he broke into a church and stole £200 from a collection box.

As a result, he was in breach of the sentence.

Judge Caroline Wigin, hearing the case, was told Jakeman had a long history of offending.

The court was told that despite breaching the current suspended sentence, he had done some good work with probation staff as part of the conditions of the order.

Passing sentence Judge Wigin said she would activate only part of the suspended sentence.

She re-sentenced him for the church break to 10 months’ imprisonment with a month concurrent for the two fraud offences.

Jakeman was told that because of the time he had previously served in custody, his release from prison was “imminent.”

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