A £300 mobile phone dropped by a woman at a Lidl store was picked up by a man who then claimed he panicked and ‘threw it into a bin’.
Albert Boyd (36), of Centuripe Avenue, Ballymena, admitted theft.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court on December 19 that in September last year a woman dropped the phone in Lidl and CCTV showed Boyd picking it up and making no attempt to see who owned it or mention it to staff.
The defendant said he panicked and threw the phone into a bin
The court heard Boyd had a record.
Defence solicitor David McIlrath said his client was “remorseful”.
Boyd was given a four months jail term, suspended for a year, and ordered to pay compensation of £300.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “A person’s phone is very valuable to them and you pick it up and throw it away”.