Man jailed for charity shop thefts

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A 37-YEAR-OLD Scarborough man has been sent to prison after he admitted stealing from two charity shops and a town centre clothing store.

Peter Lee Rose, of Columbus Ravine, appeared before magistrates yesterday when he admitted all three charges.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said the offences were committed within 24 hours – with the first theft on Monday when Rose took a jacket worth £16.99 from TK Maxx and was spotted on the CCTV system.

He added that store detectives at the shop believed he had hidden an item of clothing about his person and called the police. He said: “He had lifted up his clothes and taken a blue jacket. He said ‘I’m sorry’.

“He’d had a fair bit to drink and he thinks one of his friends had spiked his drink – he didn’t recall being in TK Maxx. He said he was ashamed of himself but became abusive when, on the CCTV, he didn’t appear to be under the influence of anything.”

Rose was charged and released on police bail but was stopped the following day after being spotted in Age UK and Scope charity shops. Officers found a £10 jacket and a £4.99 pair of jeans in his possession which both shops had no record of selling.

Robert Vining, mitigating, said his client did not normally steal from charity shops because he felt it was “below the pale”. He added: “The reason he’s gone off the rails now was because he and his friends were given some news that a friend had been to Holland and had a massive heart attack.

“He remembers feeling not fully in control – but the bottom line is that we’ve got a community order that he hasn’t done very well with due to ill-health.”

Rose was given a six-month prison sentence for all three offences – as well as an additional seven days imprisonment to cancel unpaid fines.