Serial South Shields shoplifter is sent to jail

BEHIND BARS ... David Bell.

BEHIND BARS ... David Bell.

A SERIAL shoplifter has been jailed for raiding two supermarkets while on a suspended sentence.

David Bell snatched protein powder shakes worth £106 from the Holland and Barrett store in King Street, South Shields, on Tuesday, January 21.

Then on Wednesday, February 5, he stole three joints of beef, together valued at £36, from the Lidl supermarket in Boldon Lane, South Shields, before fleeing.

Both offences breached the suspended term, handed out on Wednesday, December 4, last year for another theft.

It is the 30-year-old’s second spell in custody in the space of a year as he was previously jailed for seven months for thefts at three South Shields shops while serving another suspended sentence.

That time round, he stole almost £500 worth of cosmetics and razor blades from Boots in King Street during two separate visits and also took baby blankets and socks, valued at £42, from the British Home Stores branch in Waterloo Square.

Bell, of Titian Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to the theft from Lidl at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week.

He was remanded in custody until yesterday for a bail application to be made.

However, the prosecution brought forward the Holland and Barrett theft charge, due to be heard on Thursday, February 27, so both matters could be dealt with together.

Bell pleaded guilty to the theft from Holland and Barrett after appearing via videolink and was jailed for 16 weeks.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “On January 21, the defendant was seen selecting the protein shakes and putting them in a rucksack before leaving without paying. He was caught on CCTV.

“On February 5, he stole three joints of beef from Lidl. He said he would have sold the beef to make money.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “You can’t away from the fact that he has a horrendous record.

“Drugs are an issue with Bell.

“He was planning on selling the goods to obtain money to feed his habit.”

The magistrates decided to activate the full 16-week term of the suspended sentence.

Bell was also given four-week custodial terms for both thefts, but they will run concurrently with the 16-week sentence.

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