Cash-strapped thief stole 28 cans of deodorant

GUILTY ... Paul Murray tried to steal toiletries from Morrisons in South Shields.
GUILTY ... Paul Murray tried to steal toiletries from Morrisons in South Shields.

A CASH-STRAPPED thief failed to make a clean getaway after snatching 28 cans of deodorant from a South Tyneside store.

Paul Murray was spotted by a worker at Morrisons in Ocean Road, South Shields, stashing the toiletries into a rucksack.

When he walked past the last point of payment in the store, he was stopped and his bag was searched, with the £89 worth of goods recovered.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to the shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The theft took place on Tuesday, and Murray appeared in court from the glass custody dock after his arrest.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “At about 2.10pm on Tuesday, the checkout manager saw a male concealing items in his rucksack.

“She then approached the male, but he walked off towards the self-service checkout.

“He then went past the last point of payment without making an offer to pay.

He was stopped and asked to go to the security office.

“His bag was searched and 28 cans of Lynx deodorant were found. The police were called and Murray was cautioned and arrested.

“He made full admissions to the police.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “This offence was financially motivated.

“His benefits had been sanctioned and he had no money for food, gas or electricity.

“He intended to sell on the items to buy basic food and fund day-to-day living.

“He does have a lengthy record and served a custodial sentence in July of last year.”

Murray, of Ormonde Street, Jarrow, was jailed for four months at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last July for four counts of committing fraud by false representation, after trying to get drugs from pharmacies using stolen prescription slips.

Murray was given a six-month conditional discharge for his latest offence by magistrates.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £45 and a £15 victim surcharge.

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