Man stole a toothbrush and advertised it


After he stole an electric toothbrush a Portadown man advertised it for sale on his Facebook page, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

And last Friday’s court was told that the 20-year-old claimed a stolen phone was his own until police checked and found texts in Chinese.

Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc

Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc

Twenty-year-old Ryan Pepper, Westland Road, Portadown, was sentenced to three months in custody last Wednesday for the theft of the toothbrush, valued at £64.99.

The court heard that on June 25 last year Pepper left the Superdrug store in Portadown with the item in his pocket after removing the security wrap.

He was identified on CCTV and also advertised the item for sale on his Facebook page. His home was searched but the toothbrush was not found.

Pepper was ordered to pay £64.99 compensation.

A barrister for the defendant said he was embarrassed by his behaviour and had no recollection of the incident.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said a pre-sentence report on Pepper was “extremely illuminating” in that he seems to say what he needs to say to get himself out of trouble.

It was an extremely foolish thing to attempt to sell on a reasonably expensive toothbrush, he added.

Pepper appeared by way of videolink from Hydebank at Friday’s court and he pleaded guilty to having entered as a trespasser a Chinese takeaway on March 15 this year and stealing a mobile phone.

He was sentenced to three months in custody to run consecutively to the three he received on Wednesday.

The court heard that Pepper reached over the counter, took a mobile phone and ran out.

The phone was found in the defendant’s house and he said it belonged to him. But when police checked they found a number of texts in Chinese.

After initially denying the offence Pepper admitted taking the phone.

A solicitor for the defendant said it was a moment of madness through a combination of drink and substance abuse.