Lozells shoplifter with 273 offences rammed police with getaway car after Asda store raid

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A shoplifter who stole a £400 television from Asda rammed police afterwards claiming that he thought he was being carjacked.

John Dodd had 273 previous offences on his record before racking up another six in one day on Dec 17 last year.

The 54-year-old from Lozells has now been jailed and is unable to continue caring for his elderly parents for the time-being.

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Police followed him swerving across the road in Lozells whilst driving a white Nissan they suspected to be cloned.

They pursued him to a car park where Dodd, who was disqualified from driving, reversed into them and then fled on foot before being detained.

Police searched the Nissan and found a bag with a number of suspicious items including black gloves, cutters, a Swiss Army knife as well as a number of registration plates.

They also discovered that earlier that day Dodd had raided Asda in Minworth, Sutton Coldfield, with an unknown female accomplice. He committed the string of offences within a matter of days of avoiding jail when he was handed a suspended prison sentence for a separate crime.

Dodd of Carlyle Road, admitted driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, criminal damage, theft, going equipped for theft and breaching a suspended sentence. Judge Roderick Henderson jailed him for 12 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, January 15.

Two special constables came across Dodd around 4.35pm on Lozells Road ‘accelerating sharply and swerving from road to kerb’ said prosecutor Patrick Kelly who stated that the defendant looked out of the window before ramming the police vehicle in the car park.

Checks were carried out on the registration plate of the Nissan which showed it had been involved in the theft at Asda earlier in the day.

Mr Kelly said Dodd went into the store with a woman, split up, then walked out with headphones and a television worth £414 without paying, loaded the items into the Nissan and drove off.

When he was interviewed at Perry Barr police station he claimed he borrowed the car from a friend, did not own the items in the bag apart from the pen knife and saw the plates but ‘did not think much’ of them.

Mr Kelly added: “He pulled into the car park and saw a big white van. He says he didn’t see it was the police and thought he was being car-jacked so he put his vehicle in reverse and drove into the van, then ran off and was detained.”

Ian Gold, defending, told the court Dodd cared for his elderly parents and stated his ‘unenviable’ criminal record was driven by drug-taking.

Turning to the offences of December 17 he said Dodd went to see his female friend and helped her steal because she was having ‘difficulties over drug debts’.

Mr Gold added: “He rues the day he set out on this enterprise and knows his parents are going to be without their carer for as long as this sentence.”





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