A MAN who stole throat spray from a South Tyneside shop is “embarrassed” by his actions, magistrates were told.
Gary West took the £11.69 item out of its packaging -–leaving just an empty box on the shelf – before leaving the Superdrug store, in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, without paying for the item.
But his crime was captured on CCTV and the 29-year-old was later arrested after he was identified by police and admitted the offence.
West, of no fixed abode, admitted the shop theft – from November 13 of last year – when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “The defendant took the throat spray out of its box and concealed it on his person.
“He then returned the empty box to the shelf and left without paying for the item.
“The theft was captured on CCTV and the defendant was identified by police.
“In police interview, he admitted the offence.”
Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I ask that he is given full credit for that.
“He has said that he is extremely embarrassed by what happened.
“At the time he had difficulties with drugs and he has sought assistance for this.
“He is 29 years of age. he is currently on jobseekers’ allowance, but he is training to be a personal trainer.
“I would ask you to consider imposing a standalone compensation order of £11.69 to Superdrug.
West was given a six-month conditional discharge by magistrates and ordered to pay £11.69 compensation to Superdrug, as the spray was not recovered.
Dave Errington, chair of the magistrates, told West: “Don’t come before the court again.
“Learn a lesson from this.”