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Man stole razor blades, baby milk and dummies from Boots store

Defendant found short distance from store with stolen items in carrier bag

A Lurgan man who stole razor blades, baby milk and dummies from a store has been fined £100.

Court heard the 25-year-old had been asked to buy the items by his partner.

Tony Beattie, 25, of Lough Road, pleaded guilty to theft at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on October 23 police were called by staff at Boots, Newry Road, Banbridge, to a report of a theft.

Officers located the defendant a short distance away on Church Street with a carrier bag containing the items he had stolen.

Court heard that Beattie had taken razor blades, baby milk and dummies to the value of £50.

When interviewed, the defendant made full admissions to the offence.

Defence counsel stated: “This is a crime put down to Mr Beattie’s alcoholism. He had been asked to obtain the items by his girlfriend and had not realised what he had taken until he was stopped by police.”

He added that all of the items were fit for resale.

Court heard that Beattie did not support his partner and child who lived in Banbridge but did regularly visit.

The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

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