Meat thief slipped back into drug use after returning to Hartlepool

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A man returned to Hartlepool after his job working away ended and committed three thefts in three days when he was re-introduced to drugs.

Anthony James William Kearns was spotted stealing on CCTV in shops in Hartlepool.

Prosecuting David Maddison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “On May 10 there was a theft from Sainsbury’s, Murray Street, which was caught on CCTV. The defendant filled a bag with meat and then left. On May 12 at the Co-op in Stockton Road he removed a bag from his coat and placed meat into it. He was challenged and was invited to put the items back which he ignored, and left.

“Then on May 13 at Nisa in Catcote Road, CCTV saw him filling a bag with meat.”

Kearns, of Harrow Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to three thefts.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “His last offence was October 2013. He took a job working away but sadly that job ended and he returned to Hartlepool and was re-introduced to drugs.”

The court heard he is now on methadone. Kearns, of Harrow Street, was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay £77.83 compensation, £40 costs, and a £150 court charge.