Man admits drunken pound shop theft

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 October 2015

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.

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A WESTON man has admitted stealing sweets from Poundland while drunk to ‘impress his mates’.

John Cullen, aged 44, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday where he was sentenced by magistrates.

He confessed to taking seven packets of sweets from Poundland before taking a tester bottle of perfume from Boots, both in Weston High Street.

Laura Opie, prosecuting, said: “Staff at Poundland saw him stuffing confectionary in his pocket. They confronted him and he said he was only joking, but then left without attempting to pay.

“He then went to Boots where he was seen spraying the tester perfumes before he left with a bottle of Gucci perfume.”

The court was told security staff from the Sovereign Shopping Centre called the police and street wardens.

Ms Opie said: “He struggled and became aggressive during the arrest.”

The stolen items were recovered as Cullen was taken into custody.

Cullen, of Lower Church Road, said: “I was taking some medication and I got drunk. I think I was trying to impress my friends. It’s stupid.”

Before this incident Cullen had not been before court in 10 years. He was ordered to pay £250 in compensation, costs and charges.

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