A thwarted would-be-thief faced the sharp end of the law – after being caught out stashing a packet of razor blades down his pants.
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.
He removed the cardboard packaging and put the items down his trousers, perhaps showing more fortitude than I would.Lee Poppet
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.
He will be sentenced at a later date – but has been banned from entering any Morrisons store in the meantime. The court heard that McKegney has 21 previous convictions - including 14 for theft.
Lee Poppet, prosecuting, said: “The offence dates back to September 24. A security officer observed McKegney entering the store and sees him select a Gilette 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’.”
Ian Haq, defending, said; “He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and made full admissions to police.
“Given his early guilty plea, I would invite you to impose a conditional discharge.”
Magistrates asked for a probation report to be prepared on McKegney before passing a verdict.
McKegney, of Frobisher Street, Newcastle, will be back in the dock for sentencing on November 12.