Shoplifter stole 60 cans of deodorant

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A former prisoner is back behind bars after stealing from a Wigan shop three times in just six days.

Wigan And Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard Clifford Faulkner, 33, was captured in Wilkos on CCTV putting 24 Lynx deodorants, worth £99.80, in a black bag on May 1. He returned on May 3 and took a further 36 cans of Lynx deodorant, worth £151.20.

Joseph O’Connor, prosecuting, said Faulkner returned on May 6 and was stopped when he tried to leave via a fire escape. He was found to have more Lynx deodorants, worth £71.40.

Mr O’Connor said Faulkner was arrested and admitted what he had done. He tested positive for cocaine and opiates. When he appeared before the court, he pleaded guilty to the three thefts.

Peter Moran, defending, told magistrates that Faulkner had needed money to “feed his habit and feed himself”. He said: “He has been living rough, sleeping on the streets, since his release from prison, because no accommodation was available for him it seems.” Faulkner had 61 offences on his record, including 45 for theft or similar offences, the court heard.

He was on licence at the time, after receiving a jail sentence of around two years for burglary in February 2016.

The court heard he would be recalled to prison after committing the offences and the positive drugs test. Chairman of the bench, David Dalton, who sen tenced him to 30 days in prison, said: “You are a prolific offender and committed these offences while on licence, targeting the same store.”

He must also pay compensation of £251 to Wilko.