A TEENAGER who carried out a string of “unsophisticated” thefts across two Scarborough supermarkets has been hit with a community order.
Paul Frame, 18, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday after admitting targeting Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores in February and March this year.
The court heard Frame stole goods worth £88.08 and £31.98 on two occasions from the 24-hour Tesco supermarket, in Westwood, with another charge of attempted theft at the store the following day.
Magistrates were also told Frame took goods worth £5 from Tesco in March before stealing a quantity of lager, worth £12.84, from Sainbury’s, in Ramshill Road, on the same day.
Prosecuting, Katy Varlow told the court Frame’s crimes were “straight forward unsophisticated shop theft”, adding he had breached a previous order by entering Tesco’s premises from which he had been banned.
Mitigating, Ian Brickman said Frame, who recently moved back to his family home in Queen Street, Filey, had endured a difficult period in his life which was compounded by negative outside influences.
He said: “He is a young man with his fair share of difficulties.
“He suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and since moving from home he has lapsed from meeting with his consultant.
“He had a fall out at home and moved out and was living in Scarborough.
“Being such a vulnerable person, he had fallen in the with wrong crowd and had great difficulties and very little support.
“There were periods where he was often homeless and on benefits but when he got his benefits I think he was bullied and intimidated by his so-called friends.
“His thefts are food for his own use because he had no benefits at all and with the theft of lager he says he was threatened by his friends or he would have lost the flat he was staying in at the time.
“The positive is that he has relocated to live with family in Filey, they are a large supportive family and since relocating there has been no further offending.
“He has started to get his life back on track and there is cause for optimism.”
Magistrates handed Frame a 12 month community order, with supervision and a six month curfew, stating he must remain indoors between 7pm and 7am.
He was also told to attend a four day specific activity course with probation officers and warned to comply owing to his previous “dreadful” record of breaching court orders.