Mole Avon staff rumble theft attempt

PUBLISHED: 09:42 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:51 15 June 2010

A LYME Regis man has been given a one-year conditional discharge for attempted theft.

A LYME Regis man has been given a one-year conditional discharge for attempted theft.Anthony Knight, 26, of Summerhill Road, pleaded guilty to attempting to steal tools from Mole Avon in Axminster. A court heard Knight was spotted acting suspiciously by staff on May 31 and tried to take a power drill and jigsaw set valued at £89.99.Prosecuting, Neil Lawson told Central Devon Magistrates' Court in Exeter that Knight told a member of staff he was looking for a dog collar. Knight was said to have spoken slowly, appearing to be affected by something - possibly drugs, the court heard.Despite being directed to a more suitable shop, Knight was said to have loitered at the doors, waiting for an opportunity for them to open. But staff made themselves visible and let it be known they had 'rumbled him'. Knight admitted he had been waiting for an opportunity, but said he had changed his mind - fearing he would get into trouble.Defending, Stephen Nunn said Knight had a substance problem and was currently out of work after he was sacked as a chef when his employer read in a newspaper of his previous convictions.He said: "Knight did it in a rather obvious way that didn't fit in. "He made full admissions to the police and all the goods were recovered."Chairman of the bench David Young said: "If you stay out of trouble for 12 months, we'll hear no more of this. "However, if you come back this offence will be taken into account."No order for costs was made because of Knight's lack of funds.

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