Thief stole as he had ‘no money’

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A THIEF who snatched food from a South Tyneside store because he ‘had no money’ has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Scott Duncan stole £15 worth of goods from Sainsbury in Binchester Street in South Shields on March 9 – but was caught out when staff viewed CCTV.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Duncan, of Chesterton Road in South Shields, also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to surrender to the court after he didn’t turn up for an initial hearing date in regards to the theft on April 15.

He also admitted failing to comply with a community order after failing to turn up for appointments.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “At 6.20pm on March 9, CCTV footage showed Duncan in Sainsbury on Binchester Street.

“He picks up items from the dairy section of the store and leaves without paying.

“He is later identified on CCTV.

“When he was arrested, he accepted it was him and said he had no money or benefits and had gone in the store to steal food.”

District Judge Roger Elsey revoked the existing community order and gave him a new 12 month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £50 and £15 of compensation to Sainsbury.