Shop thief escapes prison

A Scarborough thief with “an unenviable record” has been spared jail after stealing tools from a town store.

Andrew Beaton, 46, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court following an incident in Boyes, in May.

Beaton, of Church Stairs Street, pleaded guilty to taking £52 worth of tools from the Queen Street shop.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to steal meat products valued at £62 from Marks and Spencer, in April.

Prosecuting, Kathryn Reeve said: “A member of staff in Marks and Spencer saw him carrying a blue and white striped bag walking towards the store exit. The bag then split and the contents went all over the floor.

“The woman put the goods in a basket and took it to the pay point. He then said he didn’t want them.”

“In Boyes, he was seen putting items in a bag from his coat.”

Mitigating, Ian Brickman said: “He has had a number of problems in recent months and been in hospital three times.

“He fully accepts the evidence and this was not professionally carried out.

“He also has an unenviable record, however, all of the items were recovered.”

Beaton was given a 12 month community order and made to attend a thinking skills programme.