Shoplifter jailed - Luton

10/03/2015

A man, who stole a a toy robot from a shop and threatend staff with a screw driver when they tried to stop him, has today, Tuesday, 10 March 2015, been jailed for 54 weeks.

Gary Dean, aged 48, ran off from the Toys R Us store in Luton and then promptly tripped over and was detained.

Dean, a prolific petty thief, who has been stealing property for years to fund his drug habit, was already serving a community order for thieving when he went into the toy store on the afternoon of 23 January this year. He pleaded guilty to theft and common assault.

George Heimler, prosecuting, said Dean of Grove Road in Luton had gone into the store in Gypsy Lane in the town and was seen to put the toy robot in an empty Tesco carrier bag. He walked passed the tills and outside the store and it was then, as staff tried to detain him, that he picked up a screwdriver on the ground and made threats.

The court was told that following his arrest it was discovered he had a long list of previous offences for thieving.

Judge David Farrell QC jailed Dean for a total of 54 weeks.

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