Sunderland turkey thief will be doing bird this Christmas

OUT OF COURT ...  Carl  Farrell
OUT OF COURT ... Carl Farrell
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A THIEF who stole turkeys from a supermarket will be eating his Christmas dinner behind bars.

Prolific shoplifter Carl Farrell was arrested after being spotted stealing one of the frozen birds from Asda, a court heard.

Security staff recognised the 27-year-old, of Barclay Street, Monkwearmouth, on CCTV after being tipped off about the theft by a member of the public, who saw him leave the store with the Christmas dinner staple last Thursday.

And when officers caught up with him this week, he confessed to going back to the Boldon Colliery supermarket a further two times and stealing two more turkeys.

Farrell pleaded guilty to one charge of theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday (DEC 7) and asked for the other two to be taken into consideration.

Claire Ward, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public saw Farrell go into the frozen meat aisle, pick up a turkey and leave without paying.

“It was caught on CCTV and a security guard, who has worked at the store for five years, recognised him from previous incidents.

“He was arrested and told police he had also been back the next two days and committed the same offence.”

Magistrates’ heard that Farrell already had 55 theft offences on his record before his latest shoplifting spree.

Joanne Gatens, defending, said: “There have been problems with drugs, including heroin, in the past and he has significant mental health issues, which he needs help with.

“He was stealing these to help fund his cannabis habit.”

Magistrates jailed Farrell for six weeks.