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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Carlisle shoplifter: If the Government gave me more money I wouldn't have to steal

A Carlisle man who went shoplifting for Christmas presents has been sent to jail.

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Frankie Hodgson, 29, of Peel Street, Raffles, was sentenced at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court for five offences including the theft of three bottles of perfume worth just under £100.

The court heard that Hodgson, who admitted all the offences, stole the scent from The Perfume Shop in The Lanes, Carlisle, on December 16 last year.

Andy Travis, prosecuting, said he was caught by security guards and told them: “If the Government gave me more money I wouldn’t have to chore (steal) Christmas presents.”

When arrested by police they found he had three valium tablets – a class C drug – in his possession.

The court also heard that on December 27 Hodgson broke into a Ford Transit and Vauxhall Vivaro van attempting to steal from both. He didn’t take anything but left a mobile phone in one of the vans by mistake, which enabled police to track him.

An earlier hearing had been adjourned so background reports could be prepared on Hodgson before sentencing.

Hodgson admitted to two charges of interfering with vehicles, stealing the perfume and possessing the drugs. He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of assault by beating after he pushed his ex-partner.

Judge Gerald Chalk sentenced him to 60 days in prison for the assault, 40 for the vehicle crimes and 30 days for theft, all to run consecutively. He was also given 15 days to run concurrently for the drugs.

Judge Chalk also said Hodgson had a court debt of more than £2,000 and sentenced him to a further 45 days, giving him a total sentence of 175 days.

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