A NEW father turned to crime to fund a pushchair for his week-old daughter after being made redundant.
Now Mark Wood, 40, who also has a three-year-old son, will spend the first three months of his baby girl’s life behind bars.
Wood had been frightened to return home empty handed on September 19, after being told by his partner to buy the essential item, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The plasterer had been told there was no more work for him and while he was in B&Q in Trimdon Street, Sunderland, with a colleague, he decided to steal two cameras, the court was told.
However, Wood, of Bede Avenue, Durham, was spotted on CCTV and apprehended before he could leave the store with the items, worth £348.
He admitted a single count of theft when he appeared before magistrates in custody the following day.
Anna Haq, defending, said: “Mr Wood is extremely remorseful, he is very ashamed of his behaviour and he feels very foolish.
“Mr Wood has recently become a father and his girlfriend had asked him for a pushchair for the baby.
“Unfortunately, yesterday, he was told he could not be made permanent and there would be no further work for him. He didn’t want to return home to admit that not only had he been made redundant but also that he didn’t have the pushchair.”
The bench decided to activate a suspended sentence of six weeks and jailed Wood for another six for the new offence.