Ex prisoner stole from Dagenham store

A JOBLESS shoplifter, who had just been released from prison, breached his probation conditions when he stole a DVD player. Barking Court heard last week that Lee Carter, 28, was also under two different supervision orders when the theft took place. He an

A JOBLESS shoplifter, who had just been released from prison, breached his probation conditions when he stole a DVD player.

Barking Court heard last week that Lee Carter, 28, was also under two different supervision orders when the theft took place.

He and a friend were spotted walking out of Asda in Merrielands Crescent, Dagenham, with a �175 DVD player under their arms, without making any attempt to pay for it.

Security called the police who arrived shortly after the theft on January 4.

Carter, of Calder, East Tilbury, was arrested and charged.

He pleaded guilty to theft on Wednesday February 3.

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Magistrates heard that he had a long criminal record, with eight recorded convictions, and had been released from prison on December 22 last year.

The court was also told by probation officers that Carter was receiving treatment for an alcohol problem.

He was sentenced to carry out 40 hours extra community service on top of the unpaid work he was currently doing for previous offences.

Disgusted by his sentence, Carter stormed out of the dock and was about to leave the courtroom when magistrates called him back as he had costs to pay.

Carter muttered to himself as he got back into the dock.

He was ordered to pay �138 court costs.

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