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Jail For Swanage Amusement Arcade Thief

Mark Wheatcroft

1:13pm 27th January 2014

A  man's been sentenced to 35 weeks' imprisonment for theft and going equipped to steal from an amusement arcade in Swanage.  

Mark Wheatcroft, 45, from Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to theft, attempted theft and going equipped to steal on Wednesday 27 November 2013 at Bournemouth Crown Court. He was sentenced to 35 weeks' imprisonment on Friday 10 January 2014 at the same court.

The court heard evidence that on Thursday 29 August 2013 Wheatcroft stole and attempted to steal money from gaming machines at Funworld Amusements in Swanage. He was seen acting suspiciously and the police were alerted. On arrest Wheatcroft was found to have in his possession a quantity of cash, keys and tools for strimming gaming machines.

Detective Constable Ian Frizzle, of Weymouth CID, said: "Thanks to the vigilance and prompt action of the member of staff at Funworld, police were swiftly able to attend and arrest the offender.

"The severity of this sentence shows how seriously offences like these are viewed by the courts and I hope it will act as a strong deterrent.

"Criminal behaviour such as this will not be tolerated and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice."

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