Thief caught while under suspended sentence

Hull Crown Court
Hull Crown Court

A drug addict stole electric razors and meat from Bridlington stores while on two suspended sentences for other crimes.

Robert Taylor, 38, was jailed for 12 weeks after being spotted by police in High Street, Bridlington, peeling off the labels of £96-worth of electric razors.

Hull Crown Court heard (March 17) police were suspicious and traced the razors to the Boyes Store in Bridlington and checked CCTV which had caught him red-handed.

Two hours later he was seen taking £30-worth of meat in Marks & Spencer in Bridlington.

The two offences put him in breach of a 12-week suspended prison sentenced imposed at Hull Crown Court on January 22 for taking drugs into prison and shop theft.

Crown barrister Stephen Welch said: “He is in breach of two suspended sentences. He is, 38, and is heavily convicted of shop theft and burglary of non dwellings.”

Taylor of no- fixed address in Bridlington pleaded guilty to two offences of shop theft and appeared at court for sentence.

Defence barrister Paul Norton said Taylor had brought his bags to court and was expecting a prison sentence. “He accepts it is extremely unlikely he will be given another chance,” said Mr Norton.

He said he had made progress and returned negative drug samples to the Humberside Probation Service.

The court heard a pre-sentence report had recorded Taylor had no fear of prison.

Sentencing Judge Paul Watson, QC, said: “I am afraid you have run out of road. You are in breach of two suspended sentences. This was shop theft, but you breached the court orders in quiet a sophisticated way – seen peeling off the labels on two expensive electric razors. I give you credit for guilty plea and the time you have spent on curfew. In relation to each of the offences you will be sentenced to 12 weeks on each count.”

Taylor was led away to cells below court and a waiting prison van.