Shoplift dad hid keg of beer in pushchair
3:47pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A 31-year-old Ammanford dad-of-three hid a keg of booze under his baby’s pushchair before leaving a town centre supermarket without paying, magistrates have been told.
Stephen George Thomas, of 79 Betws Road, attempted the same trick three times in less than a fortnight.
Unfortunately for Thomas, staff at the Co-op store on College Street had picked up on the scam after spotting the second incident – which took place on September 29 - while reviewing CCTV footage.
Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, told Llanelli magistrates: “The staff contacted police on October 1 once they had figured out what was happening.”
When Thomas tried the stunt again next day he was immediately confronted by Co-op staff, who detained him and contacted police.
“He was caught red-handed,” said Ms Morgan.
Claire Sherwood, defending, told magistrates that Thomas had been completely candid with police following his arrest.
“It was only because of that candour that police – and the shop - became aware of the first incident on September 21,” Ms Sherwood said.
“He would like to apologise to the store and to the court.
“He has no real reason for committing the offence,” she told magistrates.
“He has no issue with alcohol.
“When he was not seen on the first occasion, he went back and did it again – two more times.
“This is a ridiculously stupid offence for him to have committed.”
Thomas pleaded guilty to three offences of theft.
He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 legal surcharge.
Thomas was also ordered to pay £16 each in compensation for the two kegs he stole.
The third keg was returned to the store.