Hairdryer theft due to drink

A MAN stole a hairdryer “because he was drunk”, a court heard.

David Michael Stead went into the Boots store, in Anchor Retail Park, in Hartlepool, and was spotted by staff sneaking a Vidal Sassoon hairdryer worth £30.63 from the shelves into his jacket.

The 43-year-old realised he was being watched and ran from the shop and threw the item into some nearby bushes.

The shop staff rang police and Stead was arrested.

Prosecuting Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “His recollection of the offence was hazy because of his intoxicated state.”

Stead, of Uppingham Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the theft of the hairdryer on April 18.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “This incident followed from a period around December time when my client was depressed and was stealing to occupy his time.

“Things in his life have settled down with the exception of this offence which he attributes to being drunk.

“It was a very avoidable offence, he didn’t really know what he was going to do with the hairdryer, it was really of no use to him.”

Chairman of the bench John Jenkins sentenced Stead to an eight-week jail term suspended for six months and excluded him from all Boots stores until October.