Arrest as Sainsbury's staff have cars keyed after queue-jumper thrown out

By Jordan Reynolds | Wednesfield | Crime | Published:

A man has been arrested after five cars belonging to supermarket staff were keyed at a shop where a queue-jumper was kicked out.

Sainsbury's at Bentley Bridge Retail Park. Photo: Google

The 34-year-old man was arrested from an address in Wednesfield on Thursday morning after the incident at Sainsbury's in Bentley Bridge on Tuesday.

It is understood the man barged his way to the front of checkout queues and demanded to be served before others who were waiting two metres apart, police said.

He was ejected by staff at the shop near New Cross Hospital and the following day five shop workers found their vehicles had been scratched on the car park.

Officers viewed CCTV footage and arrested a man on five counts of causing criminal damage.

He remained in police custody for questioning on Thursday afternoon.

Sergeant Robert Dalton from Wolverhampton Police, said: “Staff at food retailers across the West Midlands have been working hard to keep everyone fed and to stay on top of demand.

“It’s shocking that while they’re hard at work someone has deliberately keyed their vehicles causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

“The vast majority of people have been understanding of the difficult situation, accepting the two-metre social distancing policy and waiting longer than they normally would in shops.

“We won’t tolerate abuse or attacks against key workers.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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