A HOMELESS man stole aftershave so he could sell it and buy food.
Kieran Tyrell, from Sunderland, made a “ham-fisted” attempt to take the bottle of Paco Rabanne, worth £46, from a Sunderland store.
Tyrell pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court. The 18-year-old was caught after security staff in Debenhams, Sunderland, spotted him on CCTV.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck said: “Shortly before 1pm on January 5, they saw the defendant in the cosmetics department, pick up a bottle of Paco Rabanne aftershave, concealing it under his jumper and leaving without offering payment. He was detained outside the store and made full admissions during interview.”
Tyrell, who gave his address in court as Collingwood Court, Washington, had not been convicted of shoplifting since 2009, his solicitor said.
Gerry Jackson, defending, said he had been left homeless and hungry, after he felt forced to leave Centrepoint hostel in Sunderland.
He said: “This offence goes back to when he was without accommodation and without income. Kieran is now residing with his mother and her partner, so has a suitable address.
“He asks you to accept that this was done out of desperation. It appears from the witness statement this was extremely ham-fisted, as he drew a great deal of attention to himself with what he was doing.”
Chair Derek Moss made Tyrell subject to a 12-month conditional discharge. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.