South Shields thief jailed after he is caught stealing booze and groceries
A fuel thief has been locked up after he committed more offences only a month after receiving a suspended jail sentence.
Reece Evans, from South Shields, initially received a 15-week sentence, which was suspended for 18 months, after he was convicted of five crimes in March last year.
These included three counts of making off without payment from petrol stations across the North East on the same day in October 2019.
On April 19 of last year, however, Evans committed three further offences while he was in Nottingham.
He has pleaded guilty to stealing £120 of alcohol and groceries from M&S, at Chilwell Retail Park, in the Beeston area of the city, as well as driving a Renault van in The Meadows without a valid licence and insurance.
South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court has now jailed him for two weeks for the theft and ordered him to serve an additional seven weeks of the suspended sentence from last year.
The court considered the 2020 offences to be “so serious” because they were committed only a short time after he received the earlier penalty.
Evans, 46, whose address was listed in court as Hyde Street, also received six penalty points on his driving licence following his latest convictions and was ordered to pay £60 compensation and a £128 victim surcharge.
His 2019 offences included the theft of a Ford Transit van worth £36,000 from Hertz Rental, in Washington, and stealing vehicle number plates from a Nissan Micra car at Gateshead’s Team Valley Trading Estate.