Sunderland shoplifter is caught with haul of drugs

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A THIEF who stole earrings from a Sunderland department store was found with a large quantity of Class B drugs when stopped by police.

Drug addict Dean Mott stole the £25 J Richard ear rings from Debenhams in the city on November 17 last year.

It seems that his move to Sunderland has been a destructive one.

Susan Grey, defending

After being apprehended by officers Mott, who had been living in Hendon but is now of no fixed abode, was found with 120 Diazepam tablets on him.

The 24-year-old appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court to face charges of theft from a shop, possession of a controlled drug and commission of further offence while subject to a conditional discharge.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told the hearing: “It’s a very straightforward matter.

“He goes into Debenhams, takes the earrings and keeps them.

“He was later searched and the drugs were found.

“He made full admissions in interview.

“You will see from his record that he has 19 previous offences for dishonesty.”

Susan Grey, defending, said her client is originally from Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, and that a move to Sunderland had not worked out as he had hoped because of a drug habit.

“He had drug problems,” said Ms Grey.

“He came to the North East of England and fell in with family and a partner who had the same problems as himself.

“Mr Mott is seeking to return to the Harrogate area as it seems that his move to Sunderland has been a destructive one.”

A report from the Probation Service read out in court heard that Mott has “no support network on Wearside and had endured a “turbulent relationship” with a woman from the area.

District judge Roger Elsey told Mott, who pleaded guilty to all three charges: “I have taken into account the fact that you have pleaded guilty.

“Given the fact that you don’t have a home at the moment, it does seem to be that some help from probation will keep you out of trouble.

“You must keep in touch with your probation officer when you move and where it will be too.”

Mr Elsey handed Mott a community order with a six-month supervision requirement and also ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.