A THIEF who was spotted stealing from a South Tyneside supermarket by a community-spirited shopper has been ordered to pay compensation.
Kevin Sweet raided the fridge aisle of the Co-operative store, in Dean Road, South Shields, before putting a selection of meat in his backpack and leaving the premises.
But when a member of the public pointed out the theft, a staff member viewed CCTV which caught the 34-year-old in the act.
Sweet admitted shop theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “On January 4, a worker at the store was approached by a member of the public, who said a male had been stealing meat from a fridge in the store.
“He went to the fridge and noticed items of meat were missing.
“He viewed CCTV and saw a male taking meat and putting it in his backpack before leaving without paying.
“The footage was circulated to police, who identified Sweet.
“He was arrested and interviewed by police and made full admissions.
“He said he had sold the meat.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “In interview he was very co-operative with police. He said I’m very sorry and he has pleaded guilty immediately.”
Sweet, of Houston Court, Newcastle, was ordered to pay a compensation order of £18.87 to the supermarket.