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Prolific Lymington thief Stephen Dempsey admits latest shoplifting spree

A SERIAL shoplifter has admitted targeting a number of outlets across the New Forest over a six-week period.

Stephen Dempsey (46), of Lower Buckland Road, Lymington, pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates' Court to stealing from the shops between 8th March and 17th April this year.

He took meat products, football trading cards, cleaning products, alcohol, energy drinks and washing tablets during the incidents.

Stephen Dempsey admitted the charges in Southampton Magistrates' Court
Stephen Dempsey admitted the charges in Southampton Magistrates' Court

Dempsey targeted the Pennington One-Stop outlet twice, as well as the neighbouring Tesco Express, the Lymington Marks & Spencer store, the town's Co-Op petrol station and a Tesco Express and the Co-Op in Totton.

During the appearance he also admitted two historic offences; breaking into a hairdressers on Eling Lane, Totton, during which £1,000 worth of cash was taken, in December 2019 and breaking into another shop in October last year in Milford Road, Pennington, during which £245 was stolen.

Dempsey further admitted beaching his bail conditions in regards to electronic tagging on multiple occasions between 18th and 23rd March 2021.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the same court on Monday 17th May.

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