‘Ridiculous’ theft caught on camera

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A MAN caught on camera stealing a bike from outside a South Tyneside supermarket was told it was a ‘ridiculous thing to do’ after landing himself in court.

Lee Marshall took the bike after it had been left outside Morrisons, in Ocean Road, South Shields, on Friday, April 4.

Police viewed CCTV footage after being called about the theft and the 33-year-old was identified.

He was arrested and admitted the bike theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The injured party had bought various cycle parts for £25 and made the bike.

“He had lent the bike to his brother and he had left it outside Morrison’s and went to do some shopping.

“The police were called and Marshall was identified taking the bike on CCTV footage.”

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said: “He is sorry and made full admissions to the police.”

Lorraine Montgomery, chairwoman of the magistrates, said: “What a ridiculous thing to do.”

Marshall, of Lawe Road, South Shields, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £25 compensation for the loss of the bike and a £15 victim surcharge.