Shoplifter discovered after he looked bulkier leaving Portadown store

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When a man left a Portadown store looking bulkier than when he went in security staff discovered he was wearing two stolen coats, still with the price tags on them, under his own coat.

Vito Hugo De Oliveira (29), Churchill Park, Portadown, was sentenced to a total of nine months in prison last Wednesday at Craigavon Court.

He admitted stealing clothing valued at £229 from Peacocks and possession of a knife on November 14 last year.

For each offence he was given five months in custody with the terms to run concurrently.

Four month suspended sentences were put into operation, to run currently with each other but consecutively to the other terms, making a total of nine months.

The court heard that police were notified about a shoplifter at Peacocks store, High Street.

De Oliveira was observed bringing items into the changing room. He looked bulkier when he came out and when security staff stopped him they found that, when they removed his own coat, he was wearing two coats underneath. The price tags were attached.

Nail clippers were removed from his pocket and more clothing was found in a rucksack. He also had a blue handled blade. The items were fit for re-sale.

A defence barrister said that at the time he was not on benefits and was simply stealing to try and get food. In the past he had stolen to fund his heroin addiction.

He added he was now working and at the moment things were relatively positive for him.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said that on October 16 suspended sentences had been imposed for theft, possessing drugs and having an article with a blade.

He added that the defendant had been given a number of chances to avoid custody so these sentences were inevitable.

Later in the court, De Oliveria’s barrister applied for bail to appeal. He was released pending appeal on his own bail of £500.