Man stole two £200 TVs from Tesco within three days to sell on for ‘drinking money’

A MAN who stole two £200 TVs within three days at Tesco was selling the goods on to get drinking money, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Terence Dunlop (30), with an address at Townnhill Road in Portglenone, committed the first offence on August 24 this year and returned to the Larne Road Link Tesco store on August 26.

He also stole alcohol worth £94.50 from the Co-Op in Ballymena and took £41.29 worth of meat from Spar at Larne Road in the town as well as £35 worth of meat from Robinson’s at Cullybackey Road in Ballymena on dates in August and September.

None of the goods were recovered.

In December last year the defendant was in possession of the Class C drug Buprenorphine.

The court heard one of the offences was committed on the day Dunlop was given a suspended sentence at Antrim Crown Court.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant had a lengthy record and had struggled in the past with “illegal substances” but is now well-established on a methadone programme.

At the time of the offences Dunlop had been drinking excessively.

Mr Law said the defendant was “in a spiral” of taking alcohol and going out either alone or with others to steal items which were sold on to get more money for drink.

The lawyer said it was “quite a pathetic cycle to be in”.

He said Dunlop wants to attend Alcoholics Anonymous when released from prison.

The defendant was given a four months jail term and a breach of a Crown Court suspended sentence is to be referred back to a judge there.

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