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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Barrow shoplifter left his details at scene of theft

A BUNGLING shoplifter left behind prescriptions containing his name and address after stealing from a Barrow clothes store.

Jamie Marsden, 34, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Marsden, from Manchester Street, Barrow, entered the X-Catalogue shop in Portland Walk on December 14, and selected four pairs of jeans from a display.

After entering a changing room for an extended period of time, Marsden returned holding the jeans and selected a fifth pair.

After spending another 30 minutes in the changing room, he returned holding only four pairs, and was challenged by an employee who could see that he was wearing the fifth pair underneath his jogging pants.

Marsden replied “I can count” before leaving the store.

Staff at the shop found three prescriptions in the changing area containing Marsden’s details, and handed them to police. Mr Andrew Dodd, prosecuting, said: “It was at 5pm that day when PC Williams and Edwards came to Marsden’s door.

“He appeared drunk and aggressive, and had to be detained for 24 hours pending interview.

“During his interview he said he simply didn’t remember anything about December 14, and he had taken 50 sleeping tablets.”

The jeans, valued at £37.50, were not recovered.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said: “He doesn’t have a huge recollection of what happened, and there are things about the evidence he could dispute, but he has done a very reasonable thing and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”

Magistrate Mrs Margaret Rogerson fined Marsden £100 and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £37 compensation and £75 court costs.

Marsden was also fined £50 for a bail act offence after turning up to court an hour and a half late.

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Well that'll teach him, he'll certainly think twice before stealing again. For instance theres the £1000 of goods he need to shoplift to pay the £282 in fines or he could just not bother paying and then go back to the Magistrates and they'll give him a none payment of fines fine and start this effective cycle all over again.
What a wonderful system!

Posted by Pete on 7 January 2013 at 18:22

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