Jailed: The homeless gin thief who stole from pub landlord who trusted him with job

McConnell's Bar.  Walter St, Jarrow,
McConnell's Bar. Walter St, Jarrow,

A homeless man who was offered work from a trusting pub landlord has been jailed after stealing £500 worth of gin from the premises.

Dale Jeffrey stole the alcohol from the McConnell’s Ale House pub in Walter Street, Jarrow on April 7 and returned a day later and taking two more bottles.

Dale Jeffrey

Dale Jeffrey

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 22-year-old was offered work by the pub’s owner, who had been in the process of getting the premises ready for the opening night.

Jeffrey, who was serving a community order at the time for attempted theft, was employed to help out with refurbishment jobs but instead broke into the pub twice, stealing gin from the cellar.

Yesterday, Jeffrey was sentenced to 20 months in prison after admitting attempting theft, two burglary charges and breaking a community order.

Paul Rowland, prosecuting, told the court Jeffrey had abused the trust of the pub owner who had tried to help him.

He added: “Jeffrey said he was desperate for money to buy heroin.”

The court heard Jeffrey of no fixed address has 58 previous convictions from 77 offences including dishonesty, shoplifting, non-dwelling burglary, possession of drugs and battery charges.

Yvonne Taylor, defending, told the court: “He bitterly regrets what he did and knows he let him down as well as recognising the problems he is causing.”