Wheel trims stolen

A BRAZEN thief went into a supermarket car park and stole four wheel trims from a shopper’s car.

Daniel Stephen Foster was spotted by security staff at Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, removing wheel trims from a parked Renault Clio in the car park.

Police were called, watched the 21-year-old and then stopped the vehicle he and his pal were travelling in and found four wheel trims in the boot.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “The wheel trims were recovered and the defendant admitted the offence in interview.

“He couldn’t give a reason at first as to why he was stealing the wheel trims, but then said he wanted them for a friend.”

Foster, of Keswick Street, off Elwick Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft of the wheel trims on July 13.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “He wasn’t going to secure any financial gain from this.

“Foster came up with the idea with a friend and he carried out the theft. But having been caught he fully co-operated with the police and apologised.”

District Judge Martin Walker gave Foster a 12-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work.

He told him: “This was a deliberate act of going to a person’s property and that makes it more aggravated.”