Persistent Stevenage thief who stole county council pass is jailed

PUBLISHED: 06:56 08 August 2018

Stevenage Magistrates' Court, where Rodney Marks' case was heard. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Stevenage Magistrates' Court, where Rodney Marks' case was heard. Picture: Harry Hubbard

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A prolific thief from Stevenage has been jailed for a year after he admitted a long string of offences including stealing a county council staff pass.

Rodney Marks, of Prestatyn Close, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft, 11 counts of fraudulently using stolen bank cards, and another of interfering with a motor vehicle – with the crimes committed in Stevenage between February and July this year.

The 49-year-old also admitted driving a Vauxhall Vectra along the A505 in Stopsley on April 23 while disqualified from driving and without a licence or insurance.

Stevenage magistrates chaired by Judy Howlett found there to be “no other appropriate sentence” due to Marks’ previous offending. He was already subject to two conditional discharge orders, imposed in November and January for other shop thefts in Stevenage.

In addition to the jail sentence, Marks must pay a total of £329.81 in compensation.

The full list of offences was as follows:

• February 4: stole fragrances worth £125.50 from Boots in Stevenage

• February 14: stole a camcorder worth £49.99 from Cash Converters in Stevenage

• February 14: stole clothes and footwear from Next in Stevenage

• March 10: fraudulently used a stolen Visa card to gain £29 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• March 10: fraudulently used a stolen Visa card to gain £27.70 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• March 10: fraudulently used a stolen Visa card to gain £27.52 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• March 10: fraudulently used a stolen Visa card to gain £30 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• March 10: fraudulently used a stolen Visa card to gain £27.08 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Nationwide card to gain £29.02 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Nationwide card to gain £22.65 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Tesco card to gain £26.20 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Tesco card to gain £25 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Tesco card to gain £25.29 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 9: fraudulently used a stolen Nationwide card to gain £10 worth of shopping in Stevenage

• April 23: drove a Vauxhall Vectra on the A505 in Stopsley without insurance

• April 23: drove a Vauxhall Vectra on the A505 in Stopsley while disqualified from holding a driving licence

• April 23: drove a Vauxhall Vectra on the A505 in Stopsley without a driving licence

• May 14: stole three bottles of fragrance, worth £64, from Superdrug in Stevenage

• May 15: stole one bottle of fragrance, worth £31, from Superdrug in Stevenage

• May 18: stole two bottles of fragrance, worth £62, from Superdrug in Stevenage

• May 18: stole three chicken breast fillets, two gammon joints and five hamburgers, worth £40.62, from the Co-op in Stevenage’s Oval shops

• May 21: stole chicken and a pack of rolls, worth £5.19, from the Co-op in Stevenage’s Oval shops

• June 28: interfered with a Land Rover Discovery in Stevenage

• June 28: stole £1.50 in cash from a man in Stevenage

• July 4: stole a wallet, purse and two mobile phones from Savers in Stevenage

• July 5: stole a Hertfordshire County Council staff pass and lanyard from the county council in Stevenage

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