DVD thief is jailed days after release

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A “PROLIFIC” Scarborough thief has been jailed after stealing DVDs from a town centre store – just days after being released from prison.

Peter Rose, of Castle Road, admitted taking the £19 haul from Matalan before trying to sell them on at a second-hand shop.

Scarborough Magistrates Court heard Rose, 38, was released from Hull Prison in December and committed the offence only a week later.

Prosecuting, Katy Varlow said: “This was a straightforward shop theft.

“A store detective saw him walk into the store carrying a Boyes bag.

“He was seen to crouch behind a stand but when the detective went there he had gone.

“The security guard then followed him and he went into a charity shop and tried to sell two of the DVDs.

“The shopkeeper refused and Rose was stopped and escorted back to Matalan.”

Mrs Varlow added the DVDs were recovered at no loss to the company.

Mitigating, Franklyn Garvey said Rose was a desperate man who acted out of sheer impulse as he had nothing to his name.

He said: “He was impatient to get back to Scarborough.

“He reached the position that he was destitute, hungry and did not have anywhere to go.

“If you are looking for a crumb to eat, I’m afraid desperate measures enter your head.

“Very foolishly he decided to go into the shop to steal.

“He picked up some DVDs in full sight of the security people in the store.

“They saw him trying to scratch off security tags.

“It was an obvious theft and there has been no loss to the store.”

Sentencing Rose to seven weeks for the offence, magistrates told him there was no alternative to custody, owing to his previous poor criminal record.

Chairman of the bench, Philip Catterall, said: “You are a prolific shoplifter and we have no confidence that you would not re-offend.

“Your record is extensive and there are too many offences to count.”