A SOUTH Tyneside thief who stole four steaks from a supermarket before trying to sell them in a pub admitted it was a ‘fair cop’ after being arrested by police.
Kevin Bain snatched the meat – valued at £16 – from Asda in South Shields on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old was spotted on CCTV taking the items from the Coronation Street store without paying at 12.40pm.
Twenty minutes later, police were informed Bain was trying to sell the meat at a South Shields pub.
He was found by police walking on King Street, still with the steaks in his possession, and arrested.
Bain pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Police saw Bain on King Street. Officers spoke to him and a search found the meat on him, which was valued at £16.”
The court heard that Bain, of Lorrain Road, Whiteleas, South Shields, was in breach of an 18-month conditional discharge for possession of cannabis in December.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “When he was stopped, he told officers ‘it’s a fair cop’.
“He co-operated with them and said he had stolen the meat.
“He said he was responsible, and told them he was going to sell the meat to buy drink.
“His benefits had been stopped at the time.”
Magistrates handed Bain a nine-month community order with supervision.
No separate penalty was given for the breach of the conditional discharge.
He was also ordered to pay court costs amounting to £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.