Manager at former B&Q store chased and caught shoplifter

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The former B & Q store in Ballymena.

A manager at the former B&Q store in Ballymena gave chase and caught a shoplifter, the town’s Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

The incident happened back in 2013 but Jonathan Collins (38), of Barra Drive in Ballymena, has only been dealt with in court for the matter now.

He had taken a Karcher Window Vac worth £49 and the member of staff sprang into action after an alarm sounded as Collins left the store.

On the same date the defendant had stolen a USB from Tesco and was also in possession of heroin.

Police then found cannabis during a search of a property.

The court was told Collins was also shoplifting in October last year at the Phoenix Service Station in Ballymena where he took coffee, washing power and sugar. He was also in possession of cannabis.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant is now on a “substitute programme”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had a “long-standing drug addiction” but there were some positives in a pre-sentence report.

The defendant was put on Probation for a year and also has to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

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