Toy thief caught in the act

30/06/2009

This is the moment Sean Taylor is caught red handed in a Newcastle hotel pinching a toy vending machine.

Sean Taylor

Captured on CCTV, Taylor and a pal are seen entering a vacant staff room, then carrying the Kinder-style dispenser back to the bedroom they had earlier checked into under Taylor's name.

When the theft at the Metro Inns Hotel at Kingston Park was noticed and the video checked, police didn't have to try too hard to track the 25 year old down.

CPS Northumbria lawyer Claire Paczko said: "The defendant and his friend are seen on CCTV entering room 127 shortly before 2am. It has a padlock on.

"The defendant and his friend remain in the room for a short time.  The CCTV also shows them carrying the dispensing machine into their own room."

At Newcastle Magistrates' Court, Taylor admitted the burglary. He was handed a nine month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation.

His accomplice was never traced.