Man, 21, jailed for stealing iPhone from Ipswich library and alcohol from Tesco

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Ipswich library - Credit: Lucy taylor

A 21-year-old man has been jailed after stealing alcohol worth nearly £200 and a man’s iPhone in Ipswich Library.

Connor Last, of Vandyck Road, Ipswich, admitted three offences of theft when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The offences meant he was in breach of a four-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, which he was given for common assault in December last year.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablitt said the theft of the iPhone took place in September last year at Ipswich Library. A man was sitting at a computer desk and left to make a telephone call on his other phone, leaving his iPhone and bag.

Last, who has more than 20 previous convictions, was captured on CCTV sitting next to the man and picking up his iPhone. He put it in his trouser pocket and then left.

The two thefts of alcohol from Tesco in Foxhall Road occurred on January 10 and January 12. On both occasions Last entered the shop with another man and went to the alcohol aisle where they selected items before running off along Foxhall Road.

The value of the drink stolen on January 10 was £100.18 and on £94.71 on January 12.

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Claire Hullock, representing Last, said her client had a difficult upbringing and he had continued to struggle in recent times.

Magistrates activated two weeks of Last’s suspended prison term and gave him a further two weeks’ imprisonment for the thefts. He was also ordered to pay £80 to the victims’ fund.