Shoplifter ran off with hidden coat

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A thief being chased by staff from a store he had stolen a jacket from pretended he was going to give it back – and then ran off again.

Lee Sleddon, 31, of Ibbison Court, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a conditional discharge.

He was sentenced to a nine months community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation supervised by the probation service, put on six months drug rehabilitation and fined £5 with £74 compensation, plus a £150 court charge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a member of the public told staff at the resort’s Trespass store that Sleddon had just stolen a jacket. Staff chased Sleddon and when he was cornered, he stopped. He started to hand over the jacket then snatched it back and ran off again.

It happened on June 4 at around 2pm.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said it was not a sophisticated theft. Sleddon had hidden the jacket under his own. He had had difficulties with his benefits and been without money for about three weeks.