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Security staff at Sainsbury's in Greengates, Bradford, threatened with syringe and knife by serial shoplifter

Security staff at Sainsbury's in Greengates, Bradford, threatened with syringe and knife by serial shoplifter
Security staff at Sainsbury's in Greengates, Bradford, threatened with syringe and knife by serial shoplifter



Security staff at Sainsbury's in Greengates, Bradford, threatened with syringe and knife by serial shoplifter

A PERSISTENT alcohol thief who threatened supermarket security guards with syringes and a kitchen knife has been locked up for six months.
Damien Hawkins, 41, was on licence after serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for a series of house break-ins when he raided bottles of spirits from Sainsbury’s in Harrogate Road, Bradford, three times in two days.
On his third visit, at 3.45pm on January 20, when parents with children were in the store, Hawkins was confronted by two security guards and produced a bag of syringes, prosecutor Stephanie Hancock told Bradford Crown Court.




He used them to try to ward off the guards while he was being restrained but dropped them.
Hawkins next produced a small kitchen knife and raised it at the guards in a threatening way but that too fell to the ground, Miss Hancock said.
The court heard that Hawkins had successfully made off with stolen alcohol earlier the same day and on the previous morning.
On January 19, he and an accomplice got away with £152 of spirits by using a specially modified shopping bag to cheat the store security system.
Next morning he was back to raid Grey Goose vodka and Jack Daniels whiskey valued at £108. He was chased by security staff but got away.
Miss Hancock said the store was busy when Hawkins returned that afternoon to take more alcohol but was this time apprehended.




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