Hartlepool man jailed after spate of wine thefts from town stores

A man caught stealing bottles of wine on four separate occasions in around 24 hours has been jailed.

Monday, 26th July 2021, 10:51 am

Paul Clifford Harrisskitt, 49, from Hartlepool, was told by magistrates that they considered the offences to be “so serious” because they were “aggravated by the defendant’s record of previous offending”.

Harrisskitt admitted stealing a £4 bottle of wine from a Premier Store in the town on June 23.

He also pleaded guilty at Teesside Magistrates’ Court to stealing another £4 bottle of wine and a £6 bottle of wine belonging to Premier Store the following day.

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The Hartlepool case was heard at Teesside Magistrates Court, in Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

In addition, Harrisskitt, of Tankerville Street, admitted stealing a £5 bottle of wine from Sainsbury, in Murray Street, Hartlepool, on June 24.

He was jailed for two weeks concurrently for each of the offences, meaning he was jailed for a fortnight in total, and was also ordered to pay £13 in compensation to the stores by September 30.

Harrisskitt received credit for his guilty pleas when his sentence was calculated.

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