A SCARBOROUGH thief was caught after fleeing a shop without paying because the queue was too long.
Barry Grieveson, of Esplanade Road, pleaded guilty to taking two packs of pork pies worth £2.18 from Marks & Spencer.
Grieveson, 24, admitted walking into the Newborough store’s food hall last month where he then stuffed the pastry treats into his pockets and left without paying.
However, his actions were captured on surveillance cameras and he was arrested just yards away from the shop.
Prosecuting, Sandra White told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court Grieveson was spotted on CCTV as he went about his theft and made little attempt to hide his intentions from staff.
She said: “He was seen to enter the store and has picked up the pies and walked around the shop.
“He was seen leaving without paying and spotted on CCTV eating a pork pie which he took from his pocket.”
Mitigating, Shaun Greenan said Grieveson has suffered from a problematic past but had worked to overcome his demons.
He said: “This can be best summed up as an absolutely stupid act on his behalf, which he fully realises.
“He went to the store with money and intended to purchase the pies.
“He said there was a large queue and he simply walked out.
“He made little attempt to conceal his actions and regretted it immediately afterwards.”
Mr Greenan told the court Grieveson, who is studying a plumbing course at college, was committed to turning his life around and was working with the Job Centre to access employment experience.
Mr Greenan added Grieveson, who is expecting his first child this month, had also visited Norway to take part on a voluntary placement to help disabled people gear up for the harsh winter.
He added: “He is someone who is working hard to put something back into the community and his work is indicative of his change in attitude.
“He is very hopeful for the future.”
Magistrates handed Grieveson a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £2.18 compensation to Marks & Spencer.