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Man stole pet medication with view to selling it to Pets at Home store staff

A man who stole pet medication and presented it to staff at a Craigavon store with a view to gain money will have to wait until next month to learn his fate.

Court heard that on three occasions the 39-year-old stole £40 worth of pet medication, with his solicitor commenting the total value gained from the offences at £600.

Mark Samuel Miller, of Cosgrave Court in Belfast, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, eight counts of fraud by false representation and two counts of attempted fraud by false representation at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

It was heard that the offences occurred on various dates between July 29 and October 18, of 2018, with all offences referring to Pets at Home.

Miller, on three occasions stole pet medication, on two occasions named as two bottles of canine hip tablets, to the value of £40.

The fraud charges refer to the defendant presenting pet medication to staff of Pets at Home in order to make a gain for himself or to cause loss to them.

Defence counsel stated: “This may be a case which would benefit from a report, although the total value is around £600.”

District Judge Mark McGarrity ordered a pre-sentence report,  commenting that there were a number of charges and that the sum was substantial.

Miller was released to appear on November 11 for sentencing.

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