Thieves failed to make clean getaway after stealing washing goods

A pair of drug users failed to make a clean getaway when they stole washing goods.

Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 3:04 pm

Between them, Craig Dixon, 35, of Seventh Street, Blackhall Colliery, and Carly Malcolm, 34, of Tees Street, Horden, stole eight bags of Bold pods worth nearly £80 from Peterlee’s Home Bargains store on August 11.

Malcolm then returned to the store the following day to steal three bottles of Surf liquid worth £26.21p on August 12.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard that both were struggling with drug misuse problems at the time and that the items were sold on.

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The thieves targeted a Home Bargains store in East Durham.

Jaxon Taylor, in mitigation for the pair, told the court: “Both are now in treatment and both are now in a little better position than they were in August of this year.”

Both defendants received six-month conditional discharges at the October 20 hearing.

Dixon, who pleaded guilty to one charge of theft, was also ordered to pay £56.88 compensation while Malcolm, who admitted two counts, was ordered to pay £49.95 compensation.

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