Thief stole whisky and vodka from Sunderland store ‘to fund Christmas’

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A MAN who was stealing drink to get money for Christmas was caught when he returned to the same shop.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard staff at Morrisons in Castletown, didn’t stop James Clark stealing three bottles of whisky on November 22.

However, they did recognise him when he returned on November 24, to steal four bottles of vodka.

“The first theft was caught on the shop’s CCTV,” said Jeanette Smith, prosecuting. “He put the whisky in a bag and left.

“Two days later he returned, this time putting four bottles of vodka into a bag.

“Staff recognised him and stopped him outside the store.

“They found he had put the vodka in a foil-lined bag.”

Clark, 20, of Albert Street, Seaham, admitted two charges of theft.

Sunny Thandi, defending, said: “This was foolish offending committed to make money to pay for Christmas.

“The whisky was not recovered, but the vodka was, so the loss to the shop was relatively small.

“It may be the most suitable way of dealing with this is by way of a fine, and an order for compensation to the shop for the cost of the whisky.”

Magistrates ordered Clark to pay £249 in fines and costs, including £54 compensation to Morrisons.