A THIEF who raided a South Tyneside supermarket – after going there to find a job – has been told to “mend his ways” by magistrates.
Luke Scott had called at the Asda store, in Coronation Street, South Shields, on December 9, to hand in his CV. But his trip landed him in court after he was caught snatching an electric shaver.
When he was arrested, police found a raft of other stolen items in his possession, which he admitted he had taken during previous raids at Asda, as well as Wilkinson’s store and Morrisons, in South Shields. The 29-year-old, of Imeary Street, South Shields, had stolen eight candles, knives, handwash and soap from Asda – to the value of £156 – chocolates worth £6.99 from Wilkinsons store, and aftershave – valued at £53 – from Morrisons.
The thefts were all carried out between December 2 and December 9.
Scott admitted the thefts from the three stores when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Rehana Haque, prosecuting, said: “When he was arrested, Scott made full admissions to all of the thefts.
“He is of low convictions, he only has previous cautions for theft.”
Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said Scott has since found work.
He added “There are no aggravating features whatsoever.
“The defendant has made full admissions and has pleaded guilty immediately at court.
“I would suggest a conditional discharge would serve a purpose. It would hang over his head.
“If you gave him that order, it would register with him.”
Malcolm Grady, chairman of the magistrates, said: “This is a warning shot across the bows for you.
“You need to mend your ways,” he added.
Scott was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £85.