A SERIAL shoplifter with a ‘horrendous record’ stole meat from a South Tyneside supermarket – while on bail.
David Bell – already subject to a 16-week suspended jail sentence –fled from the Lidl store in Boldon Lane, South Shields, after being spotted by store staff leaving without paying.
The 30-year-old, of Titian Avenue in South Shields, admitted the theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody for sentencing which will be tied in with another court appearance on February 27 for an alleged theft last month.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 11.50am on Wednesday at Lidl on Boldon Lane, Bell entered with no money and selected three joints of beef valued at £36. He was seen by a member of staff going towards the till, but left without paying.
“He made his way out of the store and started running. A staff member gave chase and police became aware of this and detained the defendant. He admitted the offences and said his intention was to sell the meat.”
The court heard Bell was last in court on December 10 when he was given a 12-month conditional discharge for theft.
Just six days earlier he had been slapped with a 16-week jail sentence – suspended for 12 months – for another theft.
Magistrates were told Bell has 24 theft offences on his record – 21 committed while on bail.
He was jailed for seven months last May, after raiding three South Shields shops while on a suspended prison sentence.
He stole almost £500 worth of cosmetics and razor blades from Boots in King Street, South Shields, in two separate visits, and took baby blankets and socks worth £42 from the British Home Stores branch in Waterloo Square.
Laura Johnson, defending, asked for sentencing to be adjourned until February, to tie in with the outstanding alleged theft matter.
Mrs Johnson said: “My application is for bail to be granted. He does have a horrendous record. Clearly, drugs are an issue.
“The sole reason for the commission of this offence was he has no benefits and has stolen to pay for drugs. So the cycle continues. He does have an address he can be bailed to.”
Harry Metcalfe, chairman of the magistrates, told Bell he would be remanded in custody.
He will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court by videolink on February 12, when a bail application can be made, with sentencing on February 27 expected to be formally agreed on that date.