Thief stole while out with daughter

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A THIEF who stole from a South Tyneside store while out with his six-year-old daughter has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

David McKegney snatched a child’s hat and a board game worth £9 from the Home Bargains store in Jarrow.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “At 3.20pm on Sunday, October 27, the defendant entered Home Bargains with his six-year-old daughter and another male.

“He had a carrier bag with him and staff became suspicious of his behaviour.

“CCTV showed him putting two items in the bag.”

McKegney, of Sir Godfrey Thomson Court, Gateshead, left the store without offering payment and was later arrested.

District Judge Helen Cousins said: “The offence was aggravated by the fact a child was present.”

McKegney was handed a 12-month community order with supervision and must complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £5 and a victim surcharge of £60.


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