A MAN on licence from prison stole cheese from a supermarket after going there to buy eggs, a court was told last Thursday.
Harrogate magistrates heard how CCTV footage shot at Asda had shown Mark Anthony Harrison select some eggs and a £2 block of cheese. He had gone to a self-service till where he paid for the eggs before walking out with the cheese in his pocket.
Mr Ovenden said 26-year-old Harrison’s record disclosed a 15-month prison sentence imposed at York Crown Court last March for wounding, for which he was still on licence, a burglary in 2009 and theft offences from an earlier time.
When Harrison, of Norwood Grove, Harrogate, pleaded guilty to theft his solicitor Geoffrey Rogers said he had gone into the supermarket with only a small amount of money, enough to buy the eggs he had wanted. When he saw the cheese he realised he did not have sufficient cash for that as well, so he put it in his pocket.
Mr Rogers said while Harrison had co-operated fully with the terms of his licence and had been ‘‘dealt with already’’ for his new offence as the probation service had sent him a formal warning letter.
Presiding magistrate Rosemary Cox said the court hoped the theft had been ‘‘a slight blip’’ and conditionally discharged Harrison for six months with £85 costs.