A thief, caught wearing a hoodie that he had stolen earlier after police spotted the price tag, has been sentenced to six months in prison.
North Antrim Magistrates Court were told on Monday, February 23 how Arthur Hanson had £55.00 worth of clothes from The Factory Shop in Portrush in January last year. He was also caught on CCTV stealing food from Tesco in Coleraine on September 11 last year.
Hanson pleaded guilty to the theft charges as well as possessing cannabis on February 4 of this year. The court heard that police seized a cannabis wrap worth approximately £100 from Hanson after he had been acting suspiciously.
In Hanson’s defence, the court was told that he had eaten the food from Tesco’s deli counter on his way through the store and had taken a “significant quantity” of drugs before he took the items of clothing. He was seen later that day wearing the hoodie that he had stolen with the tag still on display but was unaware of what exactly was happening.
Hanson knew he was going to jail and attempted to smuggle the cannabis in for future use.
Source: Coleraine Chronicle