Shoplifter caught making trolley dash from Hartlepool store

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A SHOPLIFTER made a run for it after he was rumbled trying to get away with a trolley-load of groceries.

Raymond Downing, 44, went round Morrison’s supermarket in Clarence Road, Hartlepool, helping himself to goods from shelves.

He made full admissions to police in interview. The interview lasted only five minutes, that’s how candid he was.

Stuart Haywood, defending

He brazenly attempted to walk out of the store without paying but made a dash for it after he was spotted by staff.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The defendant entered Morrisons supermarket and filled his trolley with goods to the value of £135.

“He pushed it out of the door, passing all the payment options.

“He was followed by members of staff who approached him and he abandoned the full trolley and ran off.

“All the items were recovered in a saleable condition, as they had been left in the door of the store.”

Downing, of Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, admitted the theft which took place on Tuesday, February 17.

The court heard he had a previous conviction for theft for which he was given a conditional discharge by magistrates.

Stuart Haywood, mitigating, said: “He made full admissions to police in interview.

“The interview lasted only five minutes, that’s how candid he was.”

Downing was made the subject of a six-week curfew order to preventing him going out between 7pm and 7am.

He was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.