A FAIRGROUND worker stole nearly £100 of petrol so he could get to work.
Michael Hill drove off from a petrol station in Washington without paying – an offence known as ‘bilking’.
When police caught up with him, they discovered he did not have a licence or insurance for his Peugeot 406.
Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that Hill, of Newriggs, Fatfield, conned staff at the Shell garage near The Galleries shopping centre after going there at about 12.15pm on September 12.
He said: “He filled his vehicle with £97.02 of petrol. He made his way into the shop, where he purchased two bottles of some sort of beverage. The witness served him and asked him if he purchased any fuel, to which he replied ‘no’. He left the garage and the alarm was raised.”
Hill pleaded guilty to making off without payment, two driving offences and obstructing police.
Magistrates told Hill to pay £97.02 compensation and a £36 victim surcharge. He was also banned from driving for six months for making off without payment.