Serial thief banned from Coventry hunting ground
21 February 2012
A PERSISTENT Coventry thief has been banned from a large part of the city as police and magistrates look to curb his offending.
Raymond Randle has been told by a court that Willenhall ward – his favoured hunting ground in Coventry – is now off limits to him for at least the next three years.
And if the 21-year-old breaches his Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) – handed down by Coventry magistrates on Wednesday (Feb 15) – he faces a sizeable fine or even up to five years in prison.
The CRASBO comes on the back of a long line of offences…the latest of which saw Randle sneak into his own mother's Willenhall home on January 4 and steal her vacuum cleaner.
He was arrested by Coventry Police two days later and, after admitting theft, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment.
It was the last straw for neighbourhood police officers who then successfully applied to Coventry Magistrates Court for the Order which, in addition to banning him from Willenhall, also prohibits him from mixing with eight named troublemakers.
Coventry PC Steve Jeffery, said: "Randle has been a thorn in the side of residents in the Willenhall and Ermesford area for several years now, stealing from homes and vehicles.
"This order bans him from areas he is familiar with and where he feels comfortable offending; he has to understand that police and the community will not tolerate his offending and if he ignores the ban he can expect to be jailed."
Randle's no-go zone prohibits him from entering the area bordered by London Road, Allard Way, Brandon Road and the A46.
Posters and leaflets have been distributed amongst residents and shops within his restricted area, encouraging members of the public to report any sightings of Randle to police.
Anyone who sees Randle breaching the terms of his CRASBO is asked to call Coventry Police on 0345 113 5000.
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