A SHOPLIFTER who stole sportswear from two branches of the same shop has been told he must “give something back to the community”.
David Mann took five items of clothing, worth £255, from JD Sports stores by hiding them in one of the shop’s own carrier bags that he took in with him.
The 30-year-old was spotted on CCTV taking the T-shirts and was recognised by a police officer investigating the case.
Mann pleaded guilty to two counts of theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, told the court that the thefts were carried out at the South Shields and Newcastle branches of JD Sports.
She said: “On June 13, he went into the store and was seen going over the rail with Lacoste T-shirts.
“CCTV showed him putting three in a JD Sports carrier bag he already had.
“A week later, he was in the South Shields branch and took £125 of items and left without paying.
“He said he had sold all of the tops but one, which he kept for himself.”
Mark Saunders, defending, said: “He has a young son who has been very ill and has spent a lot of his young life in hospital.”
Judge Jonathan Radway said: “You have 25 previous convictions and this year you have had seven court appearances.
“Community orders don’t seem to have made you change your ways but I will make a new one to punish you as well as rehabilitate you.
“It’s about time you gave something back to the community.”
Mann, of Lichfield Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, was given a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £255 compensation to JD Sports.