Thief who stole chocolate from Sunderland Wilkinson store blamed diabetes for his crime

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A THIEF who stole chocolate from a Sunderland shop blamed it on having diabetes.

Thomas Mason was caught on CCTV stealing the sweets, from Wilkinson in the city centre.

When the 64-year-old was arrested he told police he had Type 2 diabetes and needed the chocolate.

He pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said Mason, from Sunderland, had £12 on him when he was arrested, but said it was his money for the rest of the week. Susan Grey, defending, said Mason, of Ancona Street, Sunderland, had a “career of dishonesty”.

She added: “He has been in trouble for 40 years.

“This is theft of a few bars of chocolate at the end of a long career of dishonesty.

“He is much less of a risk to shop owners and the public in general than he was.”

Mason was given a two-month curfew, from 1pm-7pm, and ordered to pay £7.28 compensation and £40 court costs.