Jail over supermarket theft attempt

22:17, Mar 30 2014

A man caught by supermarket workers after he attempted to steal money from cashboxes has been jailed for 10 months.

Leon Michael Sheeran, 35, had pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking a car, stealing $195 from New World Newtown and aggravated assault of the 19-year-old grocery assistant who stopped him getting away.

On Friday, Wellington District Court judge Denys Barry said Sheeran's desperate attempt to get money was doomed from the start.

He had stolen a car in Hanson St on November 23 last year, jemmying the ignition with a screwdriver. He drove to the supermarket, left the car running, put on a hoodie and sunglasses and went inside.

The judge said he went to cubbyholes where the cashboxes were kept and opened one taking $195. When he tried to open a second he was spotted by staff.

He ran out of the shop followed by the teenager who tried to stop him getting into the car. Sheeran was still holding the screwdriver pointed toward the grocery assistant. Other workers arrived and held him down.

Judge Barry said Sheeran had only recently been released from prison, had no money, no food and had become desperate.

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