Debt led to shoplifting from supermarkets

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A MAN went shoplifting for the week’s groceries for himself and his partner when paying off a debt left him short of cash, a court was told on Tuesday.

Harrogate magistrates heard how Roderick Charles Molloy, 48, of Elgar Court, Valley Drive, Harrogate, had gone first to Waitrose where to stole food to the value of £45.18 and then to Marks and Spencer where he walked off with food worth £13.89.

Prosecutor Steven Ovenden said his activities on February 29 had been monitored by CCTV operators and police had been called to arrest him.

When Molloy pleaded guilty to two counts of theft his solicitor Andrew Tinning said the reason for his offending lay in his partner getting a job in York and the borrowing of money from Molloy’s sister to pay for travel.

Mr Tinning said there had been no money left once the debt was repaid so Molloy had stolen groceries for the week as well as sandwiches to hand to visitors.

He had offended out of desperation and there had been tears and sleepless nights as a result from a man who maintained he would never again appear in court.

Molloy, who the court heard intended to move to Spain next month with his partner, was fined £100 with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.