Same store hit twice in day by shoplifter

A DEPRESSED shoplifter who was collared by police after stealing from the same store twice in a day has been called “ridiculous” by magistrates.

Stacey Hammond, 34, had drunk six cans of Stella lager before he went to Marks and Spencer in Bury St Edmunds around 10.30am on August 15.

Hammond, of Ashwell Road, Bury, was spotted by a security guard putting a silver can of alcohol worth �1.99 into his jacket pocket.

The security guard lost sight of him and Hammond left the store. But police were later called when Hammond returned to the store at 3.45pm on the same day and stole more alcohol, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said: “The defendant returned to Marks and Spencer and again, he was seen going to the alcohol section and selecting a bottle of red wine and leaving without paying.”

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The security guard confronted Hammond outside the store, where he handed back a sandwich he had also taken.

Police were called and Hammond later claimed he could not remember anything after drinking the six cans of lager then waking up in a police cell.

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Paul Booty, in mitigation, said his client had been on medication for depression for nine years.

Hammond pleaded guilty to two counts of shoplifting and his case was adjourned until September 27 for reports to be prepared.

Peter Sanderson, presiding magistrate, told Hammond: “Theses are repeated offences. It is ridiculous what you were doing.”

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