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Man stole £900 groceries from supermarket
9:30am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A MAN tackled by a have-a-go hero stole almost £900 of groceries in two thefts from Sainsbury’s in just six days.
James Wells, of no fixed address, was detained by Thomas Reeve, 31, from Kirtlington, on September 3, at the supermarket in Oxford Road, Kidlington.
Wells, 42, admitted to the Kidlington theft at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. And yesterday, at Oxford Magistrates’ Court, he admitted to stealing £472.01 worth of food from the Heyford Hill store on August 28.
Last week, the Oxford Mail reported that Mr Reeve had tackled Wells, kneeling on him until staff and then police arrived.
In mitigation, Laurence Wilson said Wells had been evicted from Cornish Road, Chipping Norton, and his benefits withdrawn.
Chairwoman of the magistrates Kathie Stevens said: “I don’t think I have ever done a food shop that amounted to £400.”
Wells was given a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
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