Man jailed for stealing meat from Sunderland Co-op

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A THIEF was arrested after he stole from the shop where his mother worked.

James Clark snatched meat worth £21 from the Co-op in North Road, Sunderland.

But he was quickly identified by staff and later handed himself in to police.

Clark, from Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting, said Clark stole the two joints of beef, which were never recovered, on September 22.

Clark, of Plains Road, Plains Farm, has six convictions for 19 previous offences.

The court heard the theft also placed him in breach of a suspended sentence order.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions, after failing to attend an earlier hearing.

Jason Smith, mitigating, defended claims Clark had not complied with the community part of his sentence.

“He has already completed in excess off 55 hours (of unpaid work).

“While it is suggested he is not doing all that well, he is not doing all that badly either.”

Magistrates jailed Clark for six weeks in prison.

Chairman Alan Le Marinel said: “You were given the offer of a community order, but failed to comply with that and committed this offence within a matter of weeks.”