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Thief ‘was hiding in kitchen cupboard’
8:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
Police said Neil Baldwin was hiding in a kitchen cupboard when they went to arrest him on suspicion of theft from Morrisons supermarket in Skipton on July 3.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty at Skipton Magistrates’ Court to theft from a shop and was sentenced to a three-month suspended prison sentence, given a 6pm to 6am curfew and told to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victims surcharge.
The Bench was told he was already serving a suspended prison sentence for a previous offence.
Baldwin was spotted on closed circuit television walking out of the store with a trolley containing goods he had failed to pay for, magistrates heard.
He had been seen by a store worker to take them to a vehicle in the car park and place them inside. The vehicle was then driven off and no attempt was made to pay.
Baldwin, of Tynwald Place, Leeds, was later traced to his girlfriend’s house in Grassington and arrested.
The Bench heard that his girlfriend was unaware of the theft and was upset about what he had done and about his previous offences.
Magistrates were told he denied he was hiding in a cupboard, but was preparing a meal in a walk-in pantry.