Sunderland man stole air fresheners worth more than £100 from Bodycare to pay off a debt

A Sunderland man stole air fresheners to pay off a debt.

Sunday, 29th September 2019, 11:50 am
Updated Sunday, 29th September 2019, 11:51 am
Greg Johnathan Neal, 35, admitted the theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Greg Johnathan Neal, 35, admitted the theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “A customer told a member of staff they had seen a male putting items in his bag. As a result the staff approached the male and he ran off towards the Primark store.”

She said the defendant was stopped and the items, worth £103.68, were recovered and returned to the store.

She added: “He admitted the offence and said his intention, if he had been successful, was to sell the items on.”

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Peter Thubron, said: “This was a spur of the moment offence. He owed money to other people and they were putting pressure on him. He thought this was a way out of the problem.”

Neal, of James William Street, was given a six-month conditional discharge, with £85 costs and a £21 victim surcharge.