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Ipswich: Thief Shaun Cattermole jailed after posing as customer in order steal two gold and diamond rings worth £2,400

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 July 2014

Shaun Cattermole

Shaun Cattermole

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A thief who fled an upmarket Ipswich jeweller’s with rings worth nearly £2,500 after pretending to be a customer is behind bars today.

Shaun Cattermole, of Turin Street, Ipswich, was jailed for 15 weeks by the town’s magistrates after admitting theft.

The 24-year-old stole two 18 carat white gold and diamond rings from Riley and Riley in the Buttermarket.

Cattermole went into the shop at around 3.15pm on April 15.

He told an assistant he was looking for a ring.

The assistant took him to the area they were kept on display and began asking Cattermole questions about the sort of thing he was looking for.

She offered Cattermole a seat and showed him a couple of rings, but he seemed a bit indecisive.

Cattermole then asked if he could see two of the rings side by side, before requesting he take a closer look at them.

Prosecutors said as soon as he had them in his hand he bolted to the door and ran off with the bands.

Although Cattermole was recognised by an officer from footage from closed circuit television, he remained at large until June 15.

An officer went to an address in Leiston on an unrelated inquiry and found Cattermole there.

Magistrates jailed Cattermole as it was said he had stolen the jewellery to order to fund his drug habit.

Cattermole was also ordered to pay Riley and Riley £500 compensation.

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