A foiled thief has been left out of pocket – after being caught out stashing a packet of razor blades down his trousers.
David McKegney ripped the £25 batch of Gillette blades out of their packaging and hid them in his trousers during the raid bid at Morrisons in Jarrow.
But the 35-year-old was caught in the act by a eagle-eyed store worker.
He was detained in the aisles and swiftly arrested by police.
McKegney admitted a charge of attempted theft of the razor and blades when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
McKegney who has 21 previous convictions – including 14 for theft – was handed an 18-month conditional discharge but was forced to foot a court bill of £220.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “The offence dates back to September 24. A security officer observed McKegney entering the store and sees him select a Gillette razor blade set.
“He then removes the cardboard packaging and puts the items down his trousers, perhaps showing more fortitude than I would.
“He was not successful and he left the razor blades in the aisles and was detained at the scene and arrested in due course.
During interview with police, he said ‘fair do’s, I hold my hands up to the attempted theft’.”
McKegney, of Frobisher Street, Newcastle, was ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £180, compensation to the store of £25, as the razor blade pack was unable to be put back on the shelves for sale, and a £15 victim surcharge.