Thief returned to store to steal

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A shoplifter was caught when he returned to the same supermarket for the third time intending to steal alcohol.

John Cumming, 27, of Coronation Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £63 compensation, £85 costs, a £150 court charge plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Cumming went into Sainsburys, Talbot Road, and stole a bottle of 
spirits and a case of lager valued at £31 on November 1 at 1pm.

He was not apprehended and he returned to the store on November 14 about noon. He stole a bottle of red wine and two cases of cider valued at £32 and again escaped without being caught.

The same day he returned to the supermarket again and was caught as he tried to take more alcohol.

At the time of the offences Cumming was on licence from prison for an offence of wounding.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client, who had no previous offences on his record for shoplifting, was not being recalled to prison.

He had committed the thefts while he was drunk, but said he was not an alcoholic.

Cumming was due to attend an alcohol education course in the New Year.