Thief fills trolley, then flees

17:31, Dec 20 2012

He’s taken money from the taxpayer and now a Palmerston North man has tried to steal items from The Warehouse.

On November 18 Adrian Shannon Martin, 31, put 21 items, worth $1404, in his trolley and walked out of the store without paying.

‘‘[Martin] was approached by store security and advised if he could not provide proof of purchase the police would be called,’’ police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Toon told the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

Martin left and later told police he was waiting for his nephew to return with a receipt.

Judge Grant Fraser convicted Martin on a shoplifting charge and remanded him on bail until sentencing next year.

Earlier this year Martin was sentenced to 250 hours’ community work after he was found guilty of wrongly claiming about $4000 in benefit overpayments.

He was jointly charged with his partner.

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