Thief stole perfume worth £126 from Debenhams in Sunderland to pay off debts

A Sunderland man stole perfume from a store to help pay off debts, a court heard.

Sunday, 15th September 2019, 2:26 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 5:04 pm

Gary Edward Drinkald, 42, admitted stealing two bottles of perfume costing £126 from the city's Debenhams.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, told South Tyneside Magistrates' Court, that a member of staff at the store saw him leave without paying on August 21.

She said: "He admitted the offence that he had concealed the items in his jacket and hadn't paid for them. He was going to use them to pay off a debt."

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Gary Edward Drinkald, 42, admitted stealing two bottles of perfume from the city's Debenhams, costing £126.

John Smith, defending, said Drinkald had been struggling with changes to his benefits and had borrowed money to live off until the benefits came through.

Drinkald was given a 12-month conditional discharge with £65 costs.