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Father-of-five stole from Festival Place shop to 'make ends meet'
A SHOPLIFTING dad returned to his bad habits to make ends meet, magistrates were told.
Father-of-five Terence Miles was caught trying to steal clothing from Zara in Festival Place shopping centre, Basingstoke on April 30 this year.
The 36-year-old was before Basingstoke justices to be sentenced, having been convicted of attempted theft and going equipped for theft, after a trial in which he had denied the charges.
Prosecutor Claire Hartman said Miles was seen behaving suspiciously in the clothing store and when a manager came downstairs and approached him and his female accomplice, he started shouting. The pair left and were caught by police officers.
A device to remove electronic security tags from clothes was then found on Miles, and in the store, staff discovered a tag removed from an item of clothing and four blazers that had their tags removed.
The court heard that Miles, who is from Westmoreland Place, Liverpool, was not a drug addict, but was hard up. Chloe Jay, defending, said: “Most of his offending has been financially motivated.
“He is the father of five children and is with the mother, but they struggle to provide for them.”
Miles found it very difficult to find work because of his criminal record, she said. But until this year, he had not committed any offences since 2008 because he had worked as a taxi-driver.
However, he had not been able to earn enough and had slipped back into shoplifting, she explained, though he knew he must change his ways.
Miss Jay handed magistrates a letter from a boxing club praising Miles for his help over eight years.
Magistrates sentenced Miles to a 12-month community order, requiring him to perform 220 hours of unpaid work, as he had committed the offences while a conditional discharge for another offence was in operation. He also was ordered to pay £310 in costs and victim surcharge.
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