Granddad caught stealing from store

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A 63-YEAR-OLD thief was with his grandchild in a supermarket when he stole almost £50 of goods.

Grandad Francis Garbutt went into Morrisons supermarket, in Clarence Road, Hartlepool, with his young grandchild and put items into bags hanging on the back of a trolley.

He went to the check-out and paid for other goods he had put in the trolley, but not for the items he had concealed – which amounted to £46.41.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson said: “The defendant was seen in Morrisons supermarket placing various items into bags hanging on the back of a trolley.

“He went to the check-out and paid for items in the trolley but not for items he had concealed. The items were recovered and he admitted what he had done. He said he didn’t have enough money on him to pay for all the items.”

Garbutt, of Bridgepool Close, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft on April 3.

Mitigating, Barry Gray said: “It is unusual for me to be stood here representing a man of 63 years of age. He is a working man and lives with his retired wife and suffers from a lot of ailments from depression through to angina and osteo-arthritis.

“That’s taken it’s toll on his ability to stay in work and at the beginning of the year he fell out of work and went on the sick.

“It’s as a result of this that he’s found it very difficult to make ends meet.”

He added: “On this occasion it was the realisation that he didn’t have enough money to pay for the shopping and bring home what they normally would have had. Secondly, the young child was acting up. In his anxiousness he had placed some items in the bags hanging on the trolley.

“That was not done at that stage with the intention of stealing, it was when he was about to pay that the temptation developed.”

Chairman of the bench Barbara Sutherland sentenced him to a six-month community order with supervision.