Man appears in court for stealing a packet of crisps from Poundland in Ballymena’s Tower Centre

The Poundland store at the Tower Centre.

A man has appeared in court for stealing a packet of crisps from Poundland in Ballymena.

Keith Balmer (26), of Drumtara, Ballymena, was in the dock at the town’s Magistrates Court today and admitted the theft charge.

He stole the £1 packet of crisps on March 21 this year.

The court heard security staff noticed Balmer entering the store in the Tower Centre a number of times and then the crisps offence was detected.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was accepted it was a “very low value theft” but that the defendant was in breach of a suspended sentence he received on March 14 for going equipped for theft.

That was a reference to an incident in January this year when Balmer had a pocket knife which he used to cut off a security tag at TK Maxx.

Regarding the theft of the crisps the judge added: “He is not doing himself any favours, maybe he thinks it is a bit of a laugh”.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant did not think it was funny.

He said Balmer had been consuming too much alcohol at the time but now appears to have “turned himself around”.

The case was adjourned to May 31 for a pre-sentence report.

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