'Honest' thief walks past cashier with booze and says 'I'm not paying'
AN honest thief told a shop worker that he was stealing some goods he had taken off the shelves and was not intending to pay for them as he walked out.
Luke Timothy Simmonds had been drinking when he went to the Co-op in Street and helped himself to four bottles of alcohol.
When he saw that two people were waiting in the queue to be served he held them up and told the store assistant that he was going to steal them and then left, Somerset Magistrates were told.
When Simmonds was later traced by the police he was arrested and appeared in the dock before the court at Yeovil.
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The 29-year-old, of High Street, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to stealing four bottles of alcohol worth £12.28 belonging to the Co-op on September 25.
Prosecutor Felicity Payne said that the defendant went into the shop in West End, Street, at 6.20pm and selected the four items.
"The staff member was serving another customer when Simmonds walked past the till area saying he was not going to pay for them," she said. "When he was asked why, he swore at them."
Other customers in the store at the time identified Simmonds and when the police tracked him down they viewed CCTV evidence which confirmed that he was responsible.
Ray Peters, defending, said it was an extremely unsophisticated offence which was committed following an argument between Simmonds and his mother that had left him feeling upset.
"He went to the local store to buy some alcohol and had every intention of buying it, however there were a number of people waiting at the checkout and on the spur of the moment he decided to leave without paying," he said.
The magistrates fined the defendant £73 and ordered him to pay £7.68 compensation to the Co-op along with £20 towards costs and a £20 victim surcharge.