Man stole chicken from store - then went back for a TV

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A MAN who stole a chicken from a shop returned two days later to steal a television.

Stuart Patterson completed his theft spree from the Co-op in Houghton by taking a radio and a vacuum cleaner, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

The court was told the store manager recognised Patterson on his second visit and police were called. While at Washington police station Patterson struck and spat at a detention officer.

Patterson, 24, of Shields Place, Houghton, admitted two charges of theft, and assault of an accredited person, all in August of this year.

Paul McAlindon, defending, said: “This offending took place in a strange set of circumstances. Mr Patterson had just moved into his flat, and had no money for food or furnishings.

“The high value items were recovered, although he had already eaten the chicken.

“Mr Patterson accepts his behaviour towards the custody officer was shameful. He apologised as soon as he was shown the CCTV footage of what he did.”

Patterson was given a 12 months supervision order and 100 hours of unpaid work. He must pay £6 compensation to the Co-op for the chicken, £20 to the detention officer for cleaning costs, and £145 in prosecution costs and victim surcharge.