Hampstead shoplifter arrested as he walks out of prison
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A hapless shoplifter who thought he was about to walk free after serving a three month prison sentence found himself arrested within minutes of stepping out of the prison gates – when he walked into the arms of waiting Camden police officers.
Michael Kaladeen, 46, was caught on CCTV shoplifting from a coffee shop in South End Green, Hampstead, on October 1.
After being identified by officers, they found he was now serving time in Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, for a string of other shoplifting offences.
Camden officers travelled to the high security Category A prison and waited outside the gates to re-arrest him.
The serial shoplifter, found himself back in custody and behind bars within minutes.
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He appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was sentenced to pay a fine of £100. Time already spent in custody was counted as time served.
Inspector Howard Hornby, of West Hampstead Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: “This is a serial shoplifter who had committed over 70 offences and it just goes to show that we’ll arrest criminals wherever they are.”
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