Two men sentenced for shoplifting in St Albans

Justin Sycamore and Simon Speer.

Justin Sycamore and Simon Speer. - Credit: Archant

Prolific shoplifters who committed a string of offences at petrol stations in St Albans and Borehamwood have been sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Justin Sycamore.

Justin Sycamore. - Credit: Archant

Justin Sycamore, 38, and Simon Speer, 34, who know each other, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Monday, May 8 after pleading guilty to thefts from petrol stations and shops in both towns.

Sycamore, of Bricket Road, St Albans, was charged with thefts of a dash cam, food and fuel at the Esso Petrol Station in London Road, St Albans, the Tesco Petrol Station in Shenley Road, Borehamwood, and the service station in Verulam Road, St Albans.

He also stole a packet of screwdrivers from Bunnings in Griffiths Way, St Albans.

All the thefts happened between March 15 and May 3 this year.

Simon Speer.

Simon Speer. - Credit: Archant

As well as serving eight weeks in prison, Sycamore was ordered to pay £165 in fines and costs.

Speer, also of Bricket Road, was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for twelve months, for thefts of food and a dash cam at the Esso Petrol Station in London Road between April 11 and May 5.

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He also assaulted a police officer at Hatfield Police Station on May 5.

Speer was ordered to pay £115 in fines and costs.

PC Shaun Woods, from the St Albans Central, North and West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Both Sycamore and Speer are repeat offenders offenders and their actions have had a profound impact on people within the community; mainly local businesses who have incurred financial loss, not to mention the loss of their valuable time in having to liaise with us during the investigations.

“I am pleased with the court result because it sends out a clear message to both Sycamore and Speer that their actions will not be tolerated.”