Man stole after jail release

A MAN was caught shoplifting just two days after he was released from prison. 

Saqib Bhatti, 35, who has 121 previous offences to his name – 74 for theft – was stopped as he tried to steal goods from Morrisons in Heckmondwike on Saturday afternoon.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard he was desperate to fund a heroin addiction he has had since he was a teenager.

He pleaded guilty to charges of theft and assault by beating.

Prosecutor Andy Willis said when Bhatti entered the store he was seen acting suspiciously in the confectionery aisle.

He filled a bag with chocolate and chewing gum and tried to leave the store before a security guard stopped him.

Bhatti tried to push past and flailed his arms around, elbowing the guard.

The goods, worth £126, were recovered and Bhatti, of Trueman Avenue, Heckmondwike, tested positive for the use of cocaine and opiates.

He had been released from a 12-week custodial sentence two days before the incident.

Magistrates jailed him for two weeks.

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