A meat thief who has racked up nearly £3,000 worth of court debts has been hit with a fresh legal bill – after being caught out raiding a South Tyneside store.
Hapless Jonathon Evans triggered an alarm placed in a shopping basket when he tried to flee Lidl, in Laygate, South Shields, with seven packets of gammon steaks.
The 27-year-old was detained in the store before being arrested by police.
Evans, of Casten Drive, South Shields, admitted the shop theft from May 19 when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrates were told that Evan already owes a total of £2,816.39p in court costs and fines from previous dates in the dock.
He was handed a £50 fine for his latest offence – and must pay an £85 victim surcharge – pushing his financial arrears close to £3,000.
Claire Irving, prosecuting, said: “This was a straightforward shop theft.
“He had put the gammon in a basket and gone to leave the store.
“The basket has a security alarm on it which was activated.
“He was stopped and brought back in the store.
“The property was recovered.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He accepts he has committed this offence.”
Evans was also given a 12-month community order by magistrates.