COURT: Worksop man stole £100 of door knobs from Home Bargains

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A Worksop man stole more than £100 of door knobs from Home Bargains, a court heard.

Tony Lee Siddons, 26, of Lynchet Lane, admitted stealing the items when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday January 7).

A warrant for his arrest had initially been issued in the morning after he was late for court but magistrates accepted his reason which was that his driver had got lost and then got stuck in traffic.

The court heard how the store manager at Home Bargains had been watching the CCTV when he saw Siddons enter the shop and walk down one of the aisles.

Siddons then pulled out a plastic carrier bag and put seven packets of doors knobs, worth a total of £104.93 into the bag. He then walked out the store without paying.

Siddons said that he was near the store when he saw someone he knew, who then asked him to go into the shop and get the door knobs for him, which were never recovered.

In mitigation, David Verity, said: “The last case for dishonesty was in 2010, this sort of offence is out of character.

“I think his record has gradually slackened off and hopefully it will not be a regular thing.

“He has apologised and knows it was a very stupid thing to do.

“He has done the right thing by coming to court and entering an immediate guilty plea.”

Siddons, who last appearance before the court was for a drugs matter in October last year, was fined £80, ordered to pay £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and compensation of £104.93.