A WORCESTER man has been sentenced to 28 days in prison for stealing comic books and attempting to sell them on.
James Anthony Brown, of Ombersley Road, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (July 17) to stealing six comic books worth £99.45 from Waterstones in Worcester and trying to sell them to another shop.
Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said: “On June 11, officers were on patrol in the city centre and received information from Waterstones they had had comics stolen. They walked to a nearby shop and when going inside they saw the defendant and when speaking to the store they found he was trying to sell the comics that had been stolen from the Waterstones.
“He made a full admission in interview to taking them out of the store, going to another store to sell them with the intention of making money for himself and accepts they were not his to sell.
“On June 12 at the Co-operative in Worcester, four bars of chocolate were shop lifted. He was detained outside the store and was arrested.
“He admitted the theft and gave the reason that he was hungry.”
Defence solicitor, Nick Roberts, said: “There is very little I can say, the offending was due to a lack of finances. He was hungry, his circle of friends are a group of homeless young men.
“The defendant’s intention was to feed himself and the comics were stolen to trade for cash so he and others could buy food.
“This led to him being recalled back into prison until October 25.”
Chair of the bench, Jo Hodges, sentenced 23-year-old Brown to 28 days in prison for each offence to be served alongside each other.
He was also ordered to pay a £180 court charge and an £80 victim surcharge.