A THIEF was caught trying to steal money from the office of a social club.
Steven Brown, Keats Avenue, West Boldon, was found in the basement office of Elmfield Social Club in Hebburn with a staff member’s purse.
The 30-year-old claimed he had taken a wrong turn when trying to find a friend.
But regulars held down the 30-year-old until police arrived.
Brown pleaded guilty to burglary at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
John McGlone, prosecuting, told the court the purse contained just £15.
Magistrates gave Brown a six-month conditional discharge with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.