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David Rushton came to York to steal
A FORMER York resident ended up in a police cell when he came back to the city to meet up with old friends, York magistrates heard.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said security staff at Marks & Spencer’s store in Piccadilly and spotted David William Rushton putting three items of bedding in a plastic bag and leaving the store without paying for them.
They gave chase and he ran off across the road, throwing down the stolen goods as he did so, but was arrested and taken to Fulford Road Police Station.
Rushton, 41, who used to live in York but now lives at The Crescent, Woodlands, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to theft.
Magistrates ordered him to do 80 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 prosecution costs. They heard he had previously been in trouble with the law, but had lived honestly for several years before reverting to crime and shoplifting in May and June this year.
His solicitor, Neal Kutte, said his client regularly came to York because he originated from the city and liked to visit his family and friends who still live in the city.
In Doncaster, he lived on his own.
“He stole the bedding from the shop, simply because he wanted some new bedding and didn’t have the money to pay for it,” said the solicitor.
Rushton, who lives on benefits, regretted his actions and apologised through his lawyer to the store.