A SALTNEY Ferry man has been fined after he admitted stealing stock from a fishing tackle shop worth hundreds of pounds.
The 29-year-old admitted that between July and August last year he stole items worth £294.68 from Tackle and Baits in Saltney.
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Sara Worland, prosecuting, told the court that on three occasions Williams was seen on CCTV entering the store and concealing various items on his person before leaving without making payment.
The items were not found and when questioned, the accused initially denied the offence.
Emma Simoes, defending, told the court: “He has great remorse for the commission of this offence.
“He’s a fisherman by trade and has been going to this store for many years.
“It was the peak of the lockdown and he had heard that other people had managed to take some things.
“He tried it and he regrets it.”
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Penny Rogers, chairwoman of the magistrates, told Matthews: ‘It was a very stupid thing to do, and I’m sure you regret it.’
Williams was fined £80 and ordered to pay back the value of the stolen items as compensation, along with costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.
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