Thief stole body-building powders from Morrisons in Hartlepool

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A MAN stole body-building powders from a supermarket on two separate occasions because he has “a limited income”.

Darren Jenkins went into Morrisons, in Clarence Road, Hartlepool, and moved around the store picking up weight-gain powder, four cans of lager and a tube of Pringles, worth £29.50.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that he put the goods in a basket and left the store without paying.

Prosecuting Rachel Dodsworth said that two days later the 31-year-old returned to the store and this time selected four tubs of the muscle building powder, worth £88, and again left without paying.

Police checked CCTV and their investigations took them to the defendant’s home in Jesmond Gardens, Hartlepool, where he was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Mrs Dodsworth said: “He was taken into custody, was searched and was found to be in possession of a small quantity of white powder wrapped in tin foil.

“The substance was tested and came back positive for cocaine.”

Jenkins, who has three previous convictions for shop theft, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft on August 29 and 31, and one of possession of a class A drug on September 2. Mitigating John Relton said: “When money has been tight he has resorted to shop theft. It’s regrettable that he has chosen that option but he’s trying to survive on what is a very limited income.”

Chairman of the bench Peter West ordered him to pay £117.50 compensation, £85 costs, a fine of £90 and a £20 victim surcharge.