Thief returned to crime scene

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A bungling thief was recognised and arrested when he returned to a shop he had stolen from – the next day.

David McNeill was spotted in CCTV footage security staff viewed after they had noticed gaps in the men’s grooming products aisle.

McNeill, 38, of Albert Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of men’s shavers valued at £45 from Wilkinsons.

He was sentenced to a 10-week curfew from 9pm to 6am and ordered to pay £45 compensation with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Karen Saffman, prosecuting, said staff at Wilkinsons saw a number of shavers were missing and looked at the CCTV to see a man stealing the products on September 26.

The next day McNeill returned to the shop and picked up some men’s grooming items.

A security officer recognised him and detained him at the store.

McNeill, who was described as having numerous convictions for theft, told police he had been drunk at the time he stole the items.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, told magistrates McNeill, who had had problems with drink and drugs, said 
he had now stopped drinking.