A SHOPLIFTER stole four tins of salmon from a South Tyneside supermarket.
Kevin Spence was caught on CCTV stealing the canned fish from Asda in Coronation Street, South Shields, on May 27.
The 32-year-old was arrested after a police officer stopped him when he left the store and found the groceries in a bag he had with him.
He pleaded not guilty to theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and was due to stand trial this week.
However, Spence failed to turn up, and the case was proved in his absence.
A warrant was issued for his arrest after the trial, and he appeared in court yesterday.
Paul Donay, prosecuting, said: “When he entered the store, staff became suspicious and watched him on CCTV.
“He had a handbag with him and a basket. They saw him go to the aisle with the tinned fish and pick up four tins of Princes’ wild salmon, worth £4.50 each.
“He paid for some goods at a self-service checkout, but not the salmon.
“Security called the police who arrested him outside. The goods were found in the bag.”
Magistrates gave Spence, of Albert Street, Chester-le-Street, a 12-month supervision order, plus £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.