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Man travelled to Hungerford to shoplift

Thief from Newbury's shoplifting away days

John Garvey


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A NEWBURY man travelled to Hungerford for a shoplifting spree.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court was 29-year-old Andrew James Gainey.

Mr Gainey, who lives at Newtown Road, admitted stealing £24-worth of goods from the Co-op in Hungerford and £181 worth of goods from the same store on a second occasion.

Mr Gainey further admitted stealing £30-worth of goods from Boots in Hungerford and stealing an unknown amount of goods from the town’s Tesco store.

He denied causing criminal damage to a bottle of spirits by drinking from it at Hungerford Tesco and this charge was dismissed.

Finally, Mr Gainey admitted two shoplifting offences in Newbury and one of possessing the Class B controlled drug, cannabis, at Newbury Police Station.

All the above offences were committed on various dates between May 26 and August 25 last year.

Magistrates ordered pre-sentence reports to be prepared on Mr Gainey, who has numerous previous convictions.

Meanwhile, he was released on unconditional bail.

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  • zmjrc

    08/01/2018 - 10:10

    A heroin addict with dozens of priors over several years STILL walking the streets, offending and getting away with it. Absolute joke. Stick him under house arrest, put a tag on him, just do something because whatever is currently being done (presumably nothing) is not working. You can see why these types are travelling from Newbury to Hungerford to shoplift though after the police announced they weren't going to bother investigating thefts under £100 in the town:


  • hgv1driver


    07/01/2018 - 22:10

    Why are these people always put on bail they should rot in jail, they will just keep on offending


  • Louise


    07/01/2018 - 12:12

    Why unconditional bail? He should be made to report to Newbury nick daily until he next comes before the beaks.