Bedford shoplifter behind bars for 44 weeks

Police on the beat

A prolific Bedford shoplifter has been sent to prison for 44 weeks and given a five year criminal behaviour order (CBO).

Chuman Pal, 42, of St Johns Street, Kempston, was sentenced on Tuesday (5 Nov) at Luton Magistrates Court for a number of offences committed in Bedford between 10 September and 17 October.

  • One theft from Debenhams, in High Street, Bedford
  • One theft from a person
  • Remaining on premises in contravention of a closure order
  • Fraud by false representation
  • Theft from a meter

As part of his CBO conditions he can no longer enter Debenhams in Bedford town centre.

He must also not to be in the company of certain named individuals and not to contact residents or staff at a premises in Ampthill Road, Bedford.

PC Sharon Cummings, from the Bedford community team, said: “We will continue to target shoplifters and those that cause a nuisance in Bedford town centre, working in partnership with local shops and businesses to ensure our town centre is a pleasant place to visit.”