Desperate dad steals liquor
It was out of desperation, a father of two said, that he stole liquor from a supermarket on Monday.
But that act will cost Sheldon Antonio Forde $800 – a fine he has to pay in two months to avoid four months in prison.
The 118 Ealing Road, Grazettes, St Michael resident went into the Massy Store at Warrens just after 8 a.m. on Monday and went to the liquor aisle, according to the facts which Station Sergeant Janice Ifill outlined to the court.
The supermarket’s security chief saw him behaving suspiciously and kept him under surveillance. He then saw Forde place two bottles of Dewars Scotch Whisky and one bottle of Hennessy Cognac into his haversack before attempting to walk out of the store without paying.
As Forde passed the cashiers, the security chief stopped him and asked to see what was inside his bag. The thief reluctantly complied and was unable to produce proof of purchase for the alcohol. When the security officer held him, Forde struggled, damaging the officer’s glasses in the process.
Police were called and when they searched Forde, they also found a pair of clippers which he used to cut the security neckties off the bottles.
In addition to theft, Forde was charged with intentionally damaging the security officer’s glasses and having the pair of clippers for use in connection with theft.
The 39-year-old confessed to committing the offences before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant who, along with imposing the fine, ordered that Forde pay the security officer $33 compensation for damaging his spectacles. She also placed him on a six-month bond to keep the peace. Any breach will mean a forthwith $750 fine or two months behind bars.
The painter told the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court that he had two young children to send back to school and he had acted out of desperation.
The first-time offender further explained that he had been working from the age of 16, but was recently laid off and was finding life very hard.