A Retford man shoved a block of cheese down his trousers while shopping ‘in a moment of madness’ despite having the money to pay for it, a court heard.
Henry Baker, of West Grove Road, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19th February.
Prosecuting, Donna Fawcett told the court how Baker had been grocery shopping at a supermarket in Worksop at the time of the incident.
Despite having £30 in his wallet to pay for items, he ‘hadn’t been thinking clearly that day’ and grabbed a block of cheddar off a shelf before shoving it down the front of his trousers in ‘a moment of madness’.
A staff member spotted this and confronted Baker at the door of the shop- he was later arrested.
Defence solicitor David Verity told the court that the man was having a hard time and ‘didn’t know what he was doing’ when he decided to steal the cheese.
Said Mr Verity: “The defendant has recently been bereaved and was in a daze at the time of the incident.”
“ He knew what he was doing was wrong and admitted to the theft straight away when questioned by police.”
Magistrates imposed a conditional discharge of six months.
Baker was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.