Shoplifter caught stealing TV cable from Sunderland B&Q

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A SHOPLIFTER tried to hook himself up with some free cable from a DIY store.

Terry Connolly tried to steal a satellite cable and connection kit from B&Q in Sunderland on September 6.

Staff spotted the 34-year-old and another man acting suspiciously and monitored him on CCTV, prosecutor Janice Bellamy told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

As he tried to leave, he was stopped by security staff and detained. Connolly, from Red House in Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft of the kit, worth £13.26.

The court heard he was already subject to an 18-week suspended sentence for assault and criminal damage and had a previous conviction for theft dating back to 2010.

Ian Cassidy, defending, said the court order was imposed in August and was still “in its infancy”.

Chairman of the bench Keith Swan decided not to impose the suspended sentence but told Connolly, of Ringwood Road: “You need to keep your nose clean for that period, or the next bench won’t take the same view.

“We are confident that you knew what you were doing when you were stealing. You need to change your thinking, or you will end up in prison.”

Connolly was given a 13-week curfew from 7pm-7am, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.