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Serial thief Aaron McKillop sentenced in King’s Lynn court

A serial offender who has more than 150 thefts on his criminal record was sentenced for his latest offences this week.

Aaron McKillop, 45, of Hill’s Close in Sporle, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for sentencing.

His previous hearing, held on November 30, had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be carried out. On that date, he had pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

Waitrose in Swaffham, where Aaron McKillop stole £883.28 worth of products. Picture: Google Maps
Waitrose in Swaffham, where Aaron McKillop stole £883.28 worth of products. Picture: Google Maps

He also asked for a further five thefts to be taken into consideration – a process which gives defendants an opportunity to admit other offences they have committed.

His largest steal was from Waitrose in Swaffham, where he stole £883.28 worth of products on October 25. Previously on September 10, he had taken two bottles of Gordons Gin worth £48 from Tesco in Swaffham.

His other admitted thefts were from the likes of Boots, from which he stole cosmetic products.

Crown prosecutor Colette Harper told the court that McKillop has committed 240 previous offences – 161 of which are theft-related.

His recent offences also put him in breach of a conditional discharge he was handed in July 2022 after stealing oil from Boots.

Magistrates, chaired by Alan Hayes, opted to go along along with the recommendations made by probation services in their pre-sentence report.

They therefore handed McKillop a 24-month community order which will require him to complete up to 25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

He will also be subjected to mental health and drug rehabilitation requirements for 12 months.

McKillop was also told to pay £218 in compensation to Tesco, but will not have to pay back any of the £883.28 to Waitrose because all of the goods he stole from there were recovered.

Additionally, he will pay a £50 fine and a £114 victim surcharge.

McKillop’s solicitor, Richard Mann, said: “He really, really wishes to have all the things that are on there – specifically the mental health treatment order.”

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