Thieving couple caught stealing South Shields shop’s paper round bikes on CCTV

Harton Convenience Store, Sunderland Road.
Harton Convenience Store, Sunderland Road.

A couple stole two bikes used for newspaper deliveries from the rear of a convenience store.

Jonathan Sharp and Toni-Anne O’Neil were roaming the streets in the early hours, South Northumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The bicycles were stored in the rear yard of the Harton Convenience Store in Sunderland Road,” said Paul Anderson, prosecuting.

“They were not valuable bicycles, the owner reckons they were worth about £30 each.

“But they were in regular use by the staff for newspaper deliveries.

“The yard would usually be locked and secure, but it wasn’t on this occasion because a parked vehicle prevented the gated being fully closed.

“The theft was captured on closed circuit television.

“Police were able to identify the culprits from the footage.”

The court heard shop owner Hemal Kuhadiya made a victim impact statement.

“Mr Kuhadiya says he works long hours in his business to support his family,” said Me Anderson.

“He says he is frustrated and annoyed that someone would steal his property.”

Sharp, 33, and O’Neil, 24, both of Whitehall Street, South Shields, both admitted theft on June 15.

Catherine Fowle, for Sharp, said: “This was an unsophisticated offence, opportunistic in nature.

Kevin Smallcombe, for O’Neil, said: “She takes full responsibility for her actions, but half the culpability for the offence.”

The bench ordered Sharp and O’Neil to each pay fines and costs of £195. and £30 each compensation to the owner of the bicycles.