Unhappy thief who stole woman’s bag from Newcastle bar arrested after staying for a drink

An unlucky thief who stole a woman’s purse from a downtown bar was caught after staying for another drink.

Sam Davies used the victim’s bag, which contained a laptop and a wallet, while dancing at Cozy Joes in Newcastle. But, rather than get carried away, the awkward 30-year-old stayed behind for a cigarette and another drink, a court heard.

In the meantime, the woman realized her bag had been stolen and staff viewed CCTV and realized the culprit was still sitting in the bar with a ‘bulge under his jumper’. Davies, whose own lawyer described the theft as “a model of how not to commit this type of offence”, was approached and found in possession of the stolen items.

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The scammer, from Boston Court, Forest Hall, was arrested and pleaded guilty to one count of theft in Newcastle Magistrates Court.

Michael Crowe, defending, said: “Anyone who knew what he was doing would have rushed after he stole the bag – it’s a plan not to commit this type of offence. He decided to have a cigarette in the smoking area then bought himself another drink.

“During this time, staff had viewed CCTV and observed the breach in progress, then realized that the person who had committed the breach was still on the premises with a bulge in his sweater, which was the computer laptop. It’s absurd behavior he should be ashamed of.”

The court heard the victim was at Cozy Joes on the evening of April 14 this year and left her bag at her table as she got up to dance. Emma O’Hegarty, prosecuting, said she realized the bag was missing shortly after.

Ms O’Hegarty continued: “She reported it to staff. A short time later she was informed that they had viewed CCTV and that the bag had been taken by a man. The victim came out for some air and she was approached by the director, who showed her his laptop, she confirmed that it was his.

Magistrates were told the goods, worth £330, had been returned to the victim. Davies, who has 10 offenses on his record, was fined £120 and ordered to pay £45 in costs and a victim surcharge of £34.

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