Wine thief told shop worker ‘I’m not bothered, I’m going to prison’

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A thief stole two bottles of wine from a South Tyneside store which refused to serve him and told a worker ‘I’m not bothered, I’m going to prison anyway’.

Scott Duncan tried to buy alcohol from Beach News, in Ocean Road, South Shields, at 6am on Wednesday, May 27 - but his custom was declined due to the time of day.

Duncan, 21, of Longleat Gardens, South Shields, picked up two bottle of red wine and left without paying but he was caught on in-store CCTV.

Duncan admitted shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, said: “He left without paying and said ‘I’m not bothered, I’m going to prison’.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He was extremely intoxicated at the time and apologised for his actions to police.”

Duncan was given a conditional discharge and must pay compensation of £6.58 for the stolen wine as well as a criminal court charge of £150, costs of £40 and a £15 victim surcharge.