Shoplifter who walked out of B&M with Henry vacuum cleaner tried to get away with £400 TV from Tesco
A judge expressed his incredulity at a jobless Sunderland thief who tried to sneak a vacuum cleaner out of a shop under his arm.
Deputy District Judge Gary Garland told Anthony Tumilty, 49: “How you expected to get away with carrying a big hoover out through the front doors. It was a bit of a giveaway.”
But he did not comment on Tumilty, of city centre Tatham Street, then walking to a nearby Tesco outlet and trying to make off with a bigger prize – a 50in-TV.
The criminal struck first at B&M’s Kingston Park store on the outskirts of Newcastle on Friday, November 20.
When inside, he took a £140 Henry vacuum cleaner, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.
He then walked to Tesco’s superstore and tried to leave with a £399 television.
Prosecutor Gurjot Kaur said: “A security guard at Tesco at Kingston Park is informed that the defendant has come out of a nearby B&M with a Henry hoover he hasn’t paid for.
“The defendant then tries to pick up a 50in-TV and carries it towards the front entrance. He was questioned by security and detained.”
In reply to Judge Garland’s comments, Tumilty said: “It’s my alcohol.”
Tumilty pleaded guilty to two charges of theft from a shop and was sentenced to a 12-month community order.
It carries a requirement of 20 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service and a six-month alcohol treatment programme.
He was told he must pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.