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Washing powder thief failed to make clean getaway

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A CAR raider failed to make a clean get-away after trying to steal a box of washing powder.

Kenny Thompson left empty-handed after being spotted by a passer-by as he tried to break into the vehicle which was parked on a South Tyneside street.

The 29-year-old, of Fife Avenue, Jarrow, used a corkscrew to prise open a rear door of the Peugeot car, but left the box of Daz wedged in the door when he was caught in the act by a female passer-by.

His fingerprints were found on the box and he admitted the offence when arrested by police. The offence took place on Saturday, March 22.

Thompson pleaded guilty to attempted theft from a motor vehicle when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “The driver had parked his car securely at his home address after returning home from the shops.

“It was a neighbour who told him someone had tried to break into his car.

“He went out and saw the door had been prised open and the box of Daz washing powder was wedged in the gap in the door. When arrested and interviewed about the offence, Thompson said he had used a corkscrew to try to steal the box of washing powder.

“He was disturbed by a female walking past and left the area.”

Paul Kennedy, defending, urged magistrates to give Thompson a conditional discharge and allow him to continue completing a community order which had been imposed by the court last month for an offence of stealing of jars of honey.

Mr Kennedy said: “He has pleaded guilty to this charge.

“The Daz was wedged in the car and was recovered. He did not make a clean getaway.”

Magistrates gave Thompson a 12-month conditional discharge.

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