South Shields shoplifter ‘sick to death of going to Magistrates Court’


A MAN who landed himself in court for a brace of shop thefts in less than a month has vowed not to be trouble for magistrates again – as he is “sick to death of the place”.

Steven Conlin was handed a 12-month community order after admitting raids at Morrisons, in Jarrow, on June 11, and at Poundland, in Sunderland, on July 2.

He was also found in possession of tablets – which he told police were valium – after being caught stealing goods from Morrisons.

The 31-year-old snatched vodka, 12 Galaxy bars and a cafe latte – valued at £26 – from the Jarrow supermarket, but was stopped as he was leaving the store by a security worker.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “He was seen in the supermarket at 5.30pm.

“He was recognised as he is already barred from entering the store.

“He picked up the vodka and placed it in his trousers and went past all points of payment.

“When stopped by a security officer he was also found in possession of the cafe latte and Galaxy bars.

“When arrested by police, a bag of blue tablets was found hidden in his underwear.”

The court heard that Conlin admitted the tablets were valium, but as they had not been forensically tested, he was charged with attempting to possess valium.

He admitted that charge as well as the two shop thefts at a hearing last month, and was back in court yesterday for sentencing after a probation report was prepared on him.

Conlin, of Beach Road, South Shields, also stole a £1 energy drink from Poundland in Sunderland.

Christopher Brown, defending, said Conlin “welcomed” the probation report suggestion of a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Steven Bradley, chairman of the magistrates, said: “It is time to turn your life around.”

Addressing the magistrates, Conlin, said; “I promise you I will. I am sick to death of this place. I am going to change.”

Conlin was given a 12- month community order with 12 months of supervision, with a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement and must also carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

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