Dad jailed after failed trolley dash supermarket theft

A hapless thief has been locked up after a failed attempt at a trolley dash supermarket theft.

Daniel Fletcher and an accomplice tried to flee Tesco, in Kingston Park, Newcastle, with a trolley filled with more than £600-worth of booze and groceries.

The 29-year-old, who was on a suspended sentence for theft at the time, hadn’t realised he was being watched by CCTV cameras as he helped himself to the goods around the store and panicked when he was approached by staff at the entrance.

A court heard that dad-of-four Fletcher tried to run with the trolley from the scene but was detained 100 metres up the road by a security guard.

The thief, who has 25 offences on his record, was due before magistrates in North Tyneside earlier this month but failed to show and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He finally appeared at the court on Thursday, where he was jailed for 18 weeks after pleading guilty to one count of shop theft and one of failing to surrender to custody.

Prosecutor, Rebecca Gibson, said Fletcher, of Elizabeth Street, in Sunderland, and his accomplice entered Tesco on October 20 last year and immediately drew the attention of staff.

“Essentially, a security guard is called to the entrance door to stop two males trying to leave the store with a trolley full of goods,” Mrs Gibson added.

“He ran after the males, across the car park and stopped them 100 metres up the road.”

The court heard that the two men were arrested after police arrived and all the £638.92-worth of stolen goods were recovered.

David Parish, mitigating, said Fletcher had been struggling financially, adding: “He couldn’t make ends meet on Universal Credit.

“He accepts he’s gone to the shop and taken items in order to support himself and his family. It’s unsophisticated and he’s spotted on CCTV straight away.”

Magistrates also ordered that Fletcher pay a £128 victim surcharge.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland