Leather gloves thief banned from Home Bargains

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A SHOPLIFTER has been banned from city centre stores after stealing a pair of £4.99 gloves.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told how Colin Pearson was spotted on CCTV by Home Bargains staff, placing the black leather gloves inside his jacket.

The 33-year-old then walked over to the till and paid for the other items before leaving the Blandford Street store at 1.30pm on December 18.

Pearson, of Salem Hill, Hendon, pleaded guilty to theft. The gloves were recovered.

Pearson was barred from stores in Sunderland and Washington.

Susan Grey, mitigating, said: “He had gone in to buy a number of items, which he did buy.

“He spent about £25 on items that were in his basket. For a reason he cannot explain, he removed a pair of gloves and placed them in his pocket and he didn’t pay for these. He was arrested on his way home and taken into police custody.

“As a result of being involved in this offence, Mr Pearson has been on stringent bail conditions.

“He’s been excluded from the city centre and retail parks in the Sunderland and Washington areas. It has placed significant restrictions on his ability to socialise over the festive period.”

Pearson was fined £70 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.