Supermarket thief claimed he had £50 in his pocket when he stole Jack Daniels, a sandwich and a can of Coke

A man who was said to have £50 in his pocket walked out of a supermarket with three bottles of spirits, a sandwich, and a coke, a court heard.

The case was dealt with in South Shields at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.
The case was dealt with in South Shields at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Gary Davidson told police he intended to sell the items he stole to buy a meal for himself and his partner.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court said the offence happened at the Morrisons supermarket in Jarrow on February 16.

He added: “He set off the alarms at the supermarket.

“A security guard found Davidson had a bag containing two bottles of Jack Daniels, a sandwich, and a can of coke.

“He made no attempt to pay for the items, which had a combined cost of about £100.”

Mr Poppett said that, when interviewed, Davidson, 40, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, claimed to have cash on him.

He said: “When interviewed, he admitted the offence saying he had £50 in his pocket.

“He said he intended to sell the items to buy a meal.”

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Davidson admitted theft on February 16. In court he disputed claiming he had cash in his pocket.

Judith Curry, defending, said: “Mr Davidson does have a poor record, but he has not been convicted of any offences of dishonesty for four years.

“More recently, he suffered from a spinal condition which means he spent four months in hospital. This has left him with mobility difficulties.”

She added: “Mr Davidson is mystified over him saying he had £50.

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“He certainly didn’t have £50 at the time of the theft.”

Davidson was also ordered to pay £195 in fines and costs.