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Shoplifter’s gift of perfume for his girlfriend – shoved under his armpit

John Bedford at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

A thief shoved a bottle of perfume under his armpit – and said it was a gift for his girlfriend.

John Bedford was caught nicking the £70 fragrance from the Huddersfield town centre branch of Boots on June 8.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said that he was witnessed walking into the King Street store at 11.30am.

The 35-year-old was watched by a security guard on the store’s CCTV system.

He told Kirklees magistrates: “He walked a bit further around the store whilst secreting the bottle of perfume underneath his armpit.

“He left, was followed by security and detained.

“Initially he denied he had anything on him then said it was his intent to give the perfume to his girlfriend.”

The offence put Bedford, of Cambridge Hotel in Clare Hill, in breach of a conditional discharge made by magistrates in May for another offence of shoplifting.

Boots on King Street, Huddersfield (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

He pleaded guilty to these offences when he appeared at the Huddersfield court.

Zafar Iqbal, mitigating, commented: “Whilst he told police that the perfume was for his girlfriend, the fact was he was homeless at the time and not receiving any benefits.

“He had no money, nowhere to sleep and no assistance.”

Magistrates were told that in the last week Bedford’s circumstances have changed and he has secured accommodation and benefit payments.

They fined him £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs plus £30 victim surcharge.

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