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Meat, fruit, cheese, and alcohol thief gets a taste of ‘porridge’

He stole from Co-op in Burwell, BP in Ely and Littleport, Specsavers in Ely and Sainsbury’s, Ely

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A thief who stole meat, fruit, cheese, and alcohol can add ‘porridge’ to his diet after a court jailed him for 34 weeks. Michael King, 43, stole from shops and businesses across Ely, Littleport and Burwell before being caught.

King, of no fixed address, stole items including meat, fruit, cheese, and alcohol as well as small kitchen appliances like a toaster and slow cooker between 19 June and 10 October.

He stole from Co-op in Burwell, BP in Ely and Littleport, Specsavers in Ely and Sainsbury’s in Ely.

On August 6 he was also arrested for being in possession of a wooden baton.

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At Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (12 December), King was sentenced to 34 weeks in prison, after previously pleading guilty to 10 counts of theft, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and two counts of possession of cannabis.

Michael King has been jailed for theft but also for possession of an offensive weapon – this baton – in a public place.

Michael King has been jailed for theft but also for possession of an offensive weapon – this baton – in a public place.

PC Kyle Marsden, who investigated, said: “King openly admits he steals to fund his drug habit and has pledged to turn his life around following this latest spell of offending.

“We hope this is the case, not only for his own health and wellbeing, but also for those who work in or shop at the businesses he has targeted over the past six months.”

 

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