Cash shortage blamed for thefts

A MAN who had no cash went into three shops on two consecutive days and stole booze and food.

David Conniff first went into the Co-op store, in Cornwall Street, Hartlepool and stole two packs of lager worth £25 and left without paying.

The following day he went into the Co-op, in Stockton Road, and stole some more lager.

Then just hours later the 40-year-old, of Uppingham Street, Hartlepool, went into The One Stop shop, in Catcote Road, and stole food.

Prosecutor Joanne Hesse said the defendant was identified from CCTV footage and he was arrested.

She said: “He admitted the thefts and said he had no money to pay for the items at the time.

“He admitted he was also in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge which he received for obstructing a police officer.”

Conniff admitted theft on March 5 and two counts of theft on March 6 when he appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said his client had committed the offences because he had no money due to signing off benefits after being promised a job.

“The job never came off,” he said. “So he was left with no money. He was also under a bit of peer pressure from others who he was consuming alcohol with.”

Chairman of the bench John Glancey fined him £50, ordered him to pay £55 compensation, £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.