Couple stole scales from Sunderland branch of Maplins

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A HUSBAND and wife stole a set of scales from a city centre store.

Justine and Keith Robinson, from Hendon, Sunderland, took the micro pocket scales from Maplins in Market Square, Sunderland.

They were caught after staff noticed they were missing from the store’s shelves and checked CCTV.

The pair pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said Mrs Robinson, who appeared on the court list as Watson, was seen approaching the display at about 2pm on April 25. Her husband then passed her the scales, which she wrapped in a leaflet, before they left the store without paying. Heather Bolton, defending the Robinsons, of Athol Road, said they could not explain why they had taken the £14.99 scales.

She said: “They were not stealing items to fund any kind of drug habit.

“They have no explanation of why they did this on the day, other than Mr Robinson was taking quite a strong dose of medication and still is.

“They have had a length record for offences of dishonesty in the past, but it has been a number of years since they have been before the courts.”

Magistrates handed down a 12-month conditional discharge.

They also ordered the pair pay £40 each towards court costs.