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

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.

6 comments

  • PC Plod I do understand where you're coming from and to an extent I agree however from a shop perspective it is unfair to blame the sales staff as they cannot be seen to treat any potential customer any differently based on appearance or they will no doubt be at the receiving end of a discrimination charge.

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    MZH

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • MZH - I didn't say they shouldn't let people in, but nobody with any sense would put the merchandise in his hands. What did they think was going to happen? Did they think he would say, "My dear lady, these splendid rings indubitably represent some of the finest examples of the jeweller's art that it's ever been my great pleasure to behold, and I've decided to bestow them both upon my dear beloved fiancee. Please tarry a moment whilst I put down my can of Stella and locate my Coutt's & Co chequebook, that we might complete this transaction to our mutual edification." I don't think so. He was always going to do a runner as soon as he got his filthy paws on the tom-foolery.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • He looks like one of the Catchpoles, not Cattermoles.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • So based on two posts below it is partly the shops fault for letting him in? I'm sure they are fully aware of their 'average' customer but should staff actively vet potential customers based on appearance alone, then what "sorry sir, you don't fit our customer appearance criteria so you can't come in?" In which case wait for the discrimination charges to start flying!

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    MZH

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • This story made me chuckle... Thick headed staff. and a chancer..What a combination

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    maria

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • A little suggestion for the shop staff ... if a potato-faced chav with tatoos on his neck pretends to be shopping for £2,500 worth of jewellery, be suspicious. Be very suspicious.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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