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Thief breaks suspended sentence after ONE day

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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A TEENAGER has been jailed for stealing lighter fluid THE DAY AFTER he was given a suspended sentence.

Dalton Stopp, of Hawfield Lane, Winshill, has been sent to a young offenders’ institution after disregarding the suspended sentence given to him by the courts just the day before.

Nineteen-year-old Stopp originally attended Burton Magistrates’ Court on March 20, where he admitted a series of shoplifting offences and an attempted theft.

He initially escaped a jail term and was, instead, sentenced to four-months in prison, suspended for 18 months, which means he must stay out of trouble for that period or face jail.

He was told to pay a total of £329 in fines and compensation.

However, the next day, on March 21, brazen Stopp walked into Poundland, in The Octagon shopping centre, Burton, and stole lighter fluid worth just £3.

His original crimes included causing £75 of damage to a gate, stealing two cans of deodorant from Sainsbury’s and a £4 bottle of vodka from B&M Bargains in Coopers Square, Burton.

He was also fined for resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty, in Burton, on February 8.

After being caught shoplifting from Poundland, Stopp was hauled before magistrates again.

They decided to revoke his suspended sentence order and instead sentenced Stopp four months and 28 days in prison to run consecutively.

Their reasoning for jailing him is his ‘deliberate offending while on a suspended sentence.’

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