Went equipped for theft with pliers and a screwdriver

A 30-year-old man had a pair of pliers and a screwdriver with him when he went shoplifting in Tescos in Portadown because he was struggling for money.

Wednesday, 31st July 2019, 2:35 pm

Mark Brown, Margaret Street, Portadown, appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court via videolink from Maghaberry prison.

He admitted that on March 3 this year at Tescos in Portadown he stole a belt, a fitbit and a watch, total value £55 and attempted to steal two bottles of Jawbox Gin.

Brown also pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft.

A barrister representing the defendant said his client was well aware there were aggravating features in the matter one of which was a degree of planning.

He added there was no real excuse except Brown had been struggling with money at the time, living on benefit of £32 per week.

Brown was sentenced to two months in prison on each offence with the terms to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay a £25 offender’s levy.