Sunderland shoplifter stole £2,500 worth of DVDs in just one week

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A THIEF stole more than £2,500 worth of DVDs during a hat-trick of raids at two supermarkets in the space of a week.

Daniel Mould, of Byron Street, Southwick, Sunderland, snatched the goods – including the handbaskets they were contained in – from Asda stores in both South Shields and Newcastle.

The 22-year-old stole £1,287 worth of DVDs from the Asda store in South Shields on October 20 last year.

He returned to the same scene of the crime two days later and grabbed another £772.64 of items.

On October 26, he took DVDs to the value of £610 from the supermarket’s branch in Gosforth, Newcastle.

Mould pleaded guilty to three counts of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The case was then transferred to Sunderland, as a breach of the unpaid work element of a suspended sentence order, given at the court last November, was outstanding.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “The offences are fairly straightforward, but the value is high. He took the shopping baskets as well as the goods on each occasion.”

The court heard that Mould is already subject to an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

The thefts at Asda took place before the suspended sentence was imposed.

The sentence was handed out at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court last November for his part in the theft of £1,000 of mobile phones from Sainsbury’s in the city.

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said: “Mr Mould was shown CCTV of the offences and has made full admissions.

“He was without funds at the time as he had unfortunately lost his employment.”

District Judge Helen Cousins decided to send the case to Sunderland Magistrate’ Courts to be heard on the same day to tie in with the breach of the unpaid work order.

For the Asda thefts, he was given a further 12 weeks prison term, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months’ supervision and also ordered to pay £200 compensation.

He was also given a re-engagement order attached to the original suspended sentence.