A TEENAGER stole an electric switch from a hardware store so he could fix his mother’s broken shower.
Joshua Ewart, 19, walked into B&Q in Trimdon Street and picked up the £9.80 item at 3.50pm on February 14.
He opened the packaging and removed the breaker switch, then left the shop without offering payment, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck said Ewart was confronted by staff outside, but he refused to return to the store.
“The security guard went to find the second male he was with and asked him to call Mr Ewart and ask him to come back to the store. He did return.”
Police arrived and arrested Ewart and he fully admitted what he had done.
“He said he intended to fix his mother’s shower unit with the switch,” Ms Beck said.
College student Ewart, of Goschen Street, Southwick, admitted theft.
Representing himself in court, he told the bench he had nothing to say in his defence.
The court heard he has no previous convictions but has two cautions on his record, for common assault and criminal damage respectively.
Ewart was given a conditional discharge and was told to pay £9.80 in compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.