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Toilet-seat thief gets more probation

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A SHOPLIFTER who stole items including a toilet seat and alcohol has been sentenced to another probation order.

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Dean Bailey (39), of Duhamel Place, stole from stores on four separate occasions, with one incident taking place while he was the subject of a probation order issued for a previous theft.

During a recent Magistrate’s Court hearing, Centenier Peter Garrett said that on 30 May last year Bailey stole £40 worth of goods from the Co-op in Route du Fort.

On 8 January this year he stole a £17 toilet seat from A&B Superstore.

These offences were followed by two thefts from Marks & Spencer in King Street – the first on 27 February, when he took a bottle of vodka.

The following week, on 6 March, he stole red wine and vodka valued at £15.50.

Centenier Garrett said that on the last occasion a store detective was looking out for shoplifters and spotted Bailey, who was wearing the same clothes as the last time he took goods from the shop.

He placed wine in his bag and a vodka bottle in his pocket and was confronted on his way out of the store.

Defending himself, Bailey said he had suffered problems with alcohol that he was trying to deal with, and that he was prepared to take all the help he could get.

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Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris made Bailey the subject of a nine-month probation order and ordered him to pay £83 in compensation.

He said: ‘You are still a relatively young man with not a massive record, and this has come about not in your teens but as an adult.

‘You know you have a problem, but there is no reason why you can’t help yourself. You need to understand you won’t get another chance like this.’

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