Crook’s criminal record “nothing short of disgraceful”

Peter Innes.

Peter Innes.

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A JUDGE told a serial crook “your luck has just run out” as he jailed him over a city-centre theft.

Peter Innes has more than 60 offences to his name, the majority relating to stealing from people and places.

The 40 year-old, of Trinity Square, Hendon, was back in court this week after he was charged with two thefts, committed while already serving two suspended sentences.

Branding his criminal record “nothing short of disgraceful”, Mr Recorder Dean Kershaw sentenced Innes to 12 months in jail, telling him “the courts will not tolerate this type of behaviour”.

“Your luck has just run out.”

Newcastle Crown Court was told how Innes had been in Sunderland city centre on Thursday, August 8, when he stole two books belonging to the Church of Scientology, worth £77.

Shortly afterwards, Innes was spotted drinking in the Cooper Rose pub in Albion Place, where he stole a bag belonging to a customer.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: “The bag contained clothing worth £47.98.

“When the police stopped Mr Innes, he was still carrying the items.”

Both incidents were caught on city-centre CCTV and Innes was identified as the thief.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft when he appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court at an earlier hearing.

Michael Hodson, defending, asked the judge to give his client “another chance” as he was fighting alcohol and drug addictions.

But his pleas fell on deaf ears.

Sentencing Innes, the judge said: “You have been before the courts many times; you steal from people and you steal from places.

“You also are in breach of two suspended orders and a conditional discharge order.

“You have been in and out of trouble for a long time now, and at some point your second chances have to run out. That is today.”