Shoplifter caught trying to steal perfume

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When a man was stopped leaving a store without paying for two bottles of perfume it was discovered his backpack was lined with plastics bags and tin foil.

Andris Filipovs, Portmore Street, Portadown, admitted two offences when he appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

For the theft of two bottles of perfume, valued at £43, he was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

A conditional discharge for 12 months was imposed for going equipped for theft.

The court heard that on October 31 this year at approximately 3pm security guards at Asda detained a shoplifter who had taken two bottles of perfume.

They were in the defendant’s backpack which was lined with plastic bags and tin foil.

He attempted to leave the store without making payment.

When interviewed he admitted the offence but said it had not been pre-meditated.

He said he had no money and on the off chance he had gone to the store to see if he could see friends who would give him something.

Mr Gabriel Ingram, representing the defendant, said his client had lost his job and friends were helping him out financially at the moment.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was an amateurish attempt and the defendant was entitled to credit for accepting responsibility.