Pizza shop worker recognised customer as car thief

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A MAN stole medicine from one car and tried to break into another.

But Daniel Bates was caught after one of his victims recognised him as a customer from his pizza shop.

Sunderland magistrates were told Bates targeted a Hyundai Santa Fe parked in a back lane in Fence Houses in the early hours of June 24.

The victim checked his CCTV which showed a man wearing a black top with a white logo and grey tracksuit bottoms targeting his car.

A neighbour’s Vauxhall Astra had also been damaged and two packets of paracetamol stolen from inside.

The court was told the two victims worked together at Pizzalicious, in Fence Houses, and were discussing the crime when Bates’s name came up as the possible thief. Clare Irving, prosecuting, said Bates, 30, had been in the store the day before the theft and when CCTV was checked, they realised it was the same man. He was also identified by police who viewed the footage.

Bates, of Bloom Street, Fence Houses, didn’t appear before magistrates as he is in jail for theft from a car and breaching a suspended sentence.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £290 in compensation.