Thief stole coffee and sold it to buy booze



A MAN who stole two jars of coffee before selling them on to buy booze has been given a curfew order by magistrates.

Craig Stewart took the items from Farm Foods in Hebburn – but was arrested by police after being identified by in-store CCTV.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft of the coffee, valued at £9, at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “A witness working at Farm Foods at 12.15pm on April 13 saw a male concealing jars of coffee before leaving without offering payment.

“The store manager tried to follow him but lost track of him.

“CCTV was viewed and Stewart was identified.

“He had sold the coffee for £5.50 to buy alcohol. He apologised for his actions.”

Stewart, of Toner Avenue, Hebburn, was brought to court in the custody dock after failing to answer police bail in relation to the charge.

He had been bailed by police until April 29 but failed to turn up at the station and was arrested later in the night.

He admitted failing to surrender to police bail.

Paul Kennedy, mitigating, said his client had forgotten about the bail date.

Stewart was given a two month curfew, running from 7pm to 7am daily, and ordered to pay compensation of £9 to Farm Foods.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.


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