In pour taste – jail time for City of London wine thief
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A thief, who stole over £8000 of wine from a restaurant in the Square Mile has received 17 weeks in custody.
Shahed Ahmed, age 41 of Thrawl Street, London, stole 13 bottles of wine with a value of £8100.75 from Eataly in Bishopsgate in the early hours of 9 February 2022.
City of London Police officers analysed CCTV footage at the venue, which showed Ahmed stealing the goods whilst wearing a distinctive jacket and hat. Ahmed was arrested the next day by City officers still wearing the jacket seen in the footage. At the time of arrest Ahmed was also found to have in his possession a small wrap of cocaine.
Ahmed pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday 11 February, and was sentenced the next day to 17 weeks in custody for burglary and possession of class A drugs at the same court.
Ahmed was jailed just over 48 hours after he was located, highlighting the swift work of City of London Police Officers to bring him to justice.
City of London Police Detective Sergeant Gary Moore who led the investigation said:
“Our officers quickly identified, located and arrested Ahmed from the CCTV provided to us from Eataly by using our links into the local community.
“The speed in which Ahmed was jailed sends a strong message to criminals in the City that if you commit offences, our officers will swiftly find you and arrest.”
The City of London Police is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those in the Square Mile. If you need further information on how to protect yourselves and your businesses, visit our crime prevention pages on our website here: www.cityoflondon.police.uk/CP.
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