A THIEF jailed after stealing from an animal charity shop has been branded the “lowest of the low”.
Christopher Dean Yates stole a basket of hairslides, valued at £105, from the Paws for Thought store in Fulwell Road, in August last year.
But the 27-year-old’s subsequent arrest for the crime did not deter him and he later stole eight items of Hello Kitty Jewellery as well as 33 different hair accessories to the value of £41 from Poundland, also in the city, on January 2.
Paws for Thought founder and director, Lynne Ebdale, today slammed the actions of Yates, who has been jailed after he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
“To steal from a charity shop is just the lowest of the low and from an animal charity shop is even worse,” said Ms Ebdale.
“If someone needs help then that’s what we are there for.
“It was made more upsetting because a lady had physically took the time to make the clips before giving them to us to sell.
“The only good thing to come out of this is that everybody knows we have CCTV in the shop and we will use it if we have to.”
Prosecutor Paul Anderson told a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court: “These are two offences from shops. CCTV footage leads to Mr Yates’ identification.
“He was arrested and made admissions to police.
“The goods haven’t been recovered in either case.”
The court heard from Probation Service officers that Yates, of Chestnut Crescent, in Marley Pots, has failed to comply with the requirements of a community order following a different conviction last year.
He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work but had only turned up for one hour of the programme.
Tom Morgan, mitigating, told the court: “There is nothing that can be said for the matter of the theft from the charity shop except for the fact that the defendant has entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity he has been before the court.
“The defendant has had a close relationship with his mother.
“Last year, he received an order which included unpaid work and the result was that the job centre refused to pay benefits because he was doing unpaid work.
“Because of that there have been resulting financial problems and the relationship between the defendant and his mother broke down for a short period.
“He has been away from that property and has not had the support he is accustomed to.”
District judge Helen Cousins told Yates, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, one of failing to comply with the requirements of a community order and one charge of failing to surrender to police at an agreed time last October.
“In these circumstances these charges pass the custody threshold,” she told Yates.
Yates was sentenced to a total of 24 weeks in prison and also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.