Thief who grabbed computer in Broughton was floored by staff

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
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A THIEF pulled a tablet computer from its shop security cord and made a run for it, a court heard.

Security staff kept an eye on Simon John Watkinson when he entered the Tesco store at Broughton Retail Park at about midnight one evening in October last year.

He looked suspicious and kept looking around seeing where the staff were.

They saw him grab a tablet computer from a display and pull it free from its security cord – and then run out of the store.

But he was confronted by staff who were waiting for him at the front door.

He struggled and had to be restrained on the floor.

Watkinson, 34, of Eaton Court, Hartford, Northwich, admitted theft which put him in breach of a conditional discharge.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court he was placed on a community order with supervision and he was made subject of a six-month curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £145 costs.

Steve Coupe, defending, said that it was a very unsophisticated theft.
While Watkinson had historic offences on his record, he had “changed his tune”.

He had not offended for five years, which coincided with a period of stable employment.

But he had lost his job and lapsed into drug use once more.

He appreciated that he had a problem and had voluntarily sought help from the drugs services.

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