Fridge-fish felon netted by CCTV

Stolen fish story. A cod fish.
Stolen fish story. A cod fish.

A SCARBOROUGH man was “netted” by CCTV after stealing a monkfish and cod from Scarborough’s fish market on West Pier.

Dayne Burton, 21, of Queen Street, admitted the theft during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Stolen fish story. A monk fish

Stolen fish story. A monk fish

Jessica Strange, prosecuting, told the court how Burton was caught on CCTV taking the fish from a refrigerator at the market on May 4 at 4.12am.

The monkfish was valued at £40 and the cod £18.

Miss Strange said: “Police officers arrested him at his property and recovered the fish from his freezer.

“When he was interviewed at 10am he said he had attended the market to buy fish, had noticed an open door and went inside the large refrigerator.

“He fully admitted the burglary.”

She added that Burton had 17 previous convictions for 24 offences, a number of them relating to theft.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “The defendant is no stranger to the fish market as he had worked there before.

“It was 4.12am and he had been out with a friend and admits he was worse for wear for drink.

“He wanted to get some fish and very foolishly helped himself.”

Mr Garvey continued: “He was then not caught, but netted by CCTV.

“He admits it was a foolish, stupid and impulsive act in which drink had played its part.

“I understand the fish were recovered and were able to go into another freezer and will be re-offered for sale.”

The defendant was fined £70 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.