Gosport man jailed after stealing Asda bag for life

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THIEF Paul Davis has been jailed after stealing a bag for life from a pensioner.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that the 36-year-old was outside Asda in Gosport when he took the bag from a 67-year-old woman’s trolley.

I hope that finally you may take on board the effect your offending has on other people

Recorder Anne Arnold

Davis, of Ferrol Road, Gosport, had previously been handed a nine-month prison term suspended for two years after stealing copper piping from Browndown camp.

The court heard the theft from the victim on April 24 put him in breach of that sentence.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said the victim was outside the supermarket waiting for a taxi.

He said: ‘Her shopping was in a trolley parked next to her.’

He added: ‘When a taxi turned up there was some loading of bags into the boot.

‘The bag for life was missing.

‘She returned to Asda immediately.’

It could not be found but CCTV showed Davis reaching into the trolley, taking the bag and walking away.

The bag contained £80 to £100 cash, her three debit cards, NHS medical card, bus pass and glasses.

Mr Booth said the victim cancelled her cards and found the experience stressful. He added it was the first time she had been a victim of crime.

Jailing Davis for 46 weeks, Recorder Anne Arnold said he was opportunistic.

She said: ‘I hope that finally you may take on board the effect your offending has on other people.’

The court heard Davis had previously been spotted at Browndown, in Browndown Road, by a member of police civilian staff and asked what he was doing.

Mr Booth said Davis was told to sit on the floor until police arrived but he ran off.

When the staff member chased him, Davis swung a bag at him, hitting him with on the head and upper body, Mr Booth said.

His bag was searched and a quantity of copper piping was found that had been taken from buildings at 
the Ministry of Defence grounds.

Inside was a tool kit with a hammer, gloves, adjustable spanner, screwdrivers, 
multi-tool, hacksaw, wire cutters and a Stanley knife.

He admitted burglary of a non-dwelling building, going equipped for theft and assault by beating over the incident on July 14.

Lian Webster-Martin, defending, said the bus pass had been returned, that Davis was a heroin addict and that he made full admissions in interview.