Hartlepool soap thief ordered to keep clean

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A man with 147 previous convictions for theft was caught stealing soap from a convenience store.

Keith Ingham and an accomplice filled a bag with washing gels before leaving the store without paying, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The theft happened at the Nisa store in King Oswyn Drive,” said Louise Harrison, prosecuting.

“This defendant joined the other man as he was filling the bag, before both left.

“It was a joint enterprise.”

Ingham, 34, of Dent Street, Hartlepool, admitted theft on September 18, and breaching a post sentence supervision order.

Gary Wood, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Ingham has been addicted to heroin, but he has moved in with his uncle where he is going cold turkey.” Ingham was ordered to observe a curfew for 20 days, and ordered to pay £265 in fines and costs.