Heroin addict shoplifter in court while awaiting birth of second child

HMV's former Tavern Street location was among shops trageted by Zak Jones. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

HMV's former Tavern Street location was among shops trageted by Zak Jones. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A drug addicted shoplifter appeared in court on the day his second child was due to be born.

Zak Jones assaulted supermarket staff who attempted to stop him loading a trolley of stolen goods into a getaway car in October.

It was one of several charges the 29-year-old admitted to magistrates in Ipswich on the day his partner went into labour.

Appearing via video link from Martlesham police investigation centre, Jones admitted six thefts in five weeks from shops in Ipswich, Woodbridge and Stowmarket, where he shoved two members of Aldi staff.

Jones, who lives with his parents in Stowmarket, was also found guilty of two more thefts – four days apart in April – after an earlier hearing he failed to attend.

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His most recent spate began on September 21, when he walked out of the Co-op in Woodbridge with bottles of cognac, bourbon and rum worth a total of £206.94.

Five days later, he stole two box sets of the Walking Dead from HMV in Ipswich and rode off on a bike; on October 6, he was among three men seen running out of Tesco in Kesgrave with £312 worth of spirits; within the next six days, he stole £264.20 of groceries from Aldi, and along with another male, stole £476 of items from Sainsbury’s in Ipswich, including a Dyson vacuum cleaner, which was grabbed by a security guard before Jones escaped in a car.

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On November 28, he loaded a trolley of goods worth £140.95 and walked out of Stowmarket Tesco, where two staff followed him to a waiting car.

When challenged, he claimed to have used the self-service checkout but had no receipt.

The vehicle, driven by another male, edged towards one of the staff, who Jones shoved in the chest, before pushing the other employee out of the car’s path.

At the time, there was a warrant for Jones following the theft of a £349.99 Samsung TV on April 4, and a vacuum cleaner and DVDs worth £157.96 on April 8, from Co-op stores.

Emily Hughes, representing Jones, said her client was a heroin and crack user, but that he was due to stop claiming benefits and start work driving an excavator this week.

She said Jones hoped the arrival of a second child, due on the same day, would give him the incentive to turn his life around.

Jones was released on conditional bail until sentencing on February 13, following preparation of probation reports.

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