A THIEF spent the night in police custody after stealing two expensive mobile phones from a shop in Burton, a court has been told.
Anthony Woods had not expected to spend the night behind bars when he arrived in the town on Monday, but after taking two phones from the O2 store in Coopers Square he was arrested and charged with theft. The phones were worth £800.
He committed the offence with three other people, who he claimed he did not know before they joined up to go into the shop.
Giles Rowden, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates' Court: "This defendant went into the store with three other males, grabbed four mobile phones from the display and walked out.
"They were attached to tags which were activated."
Woods, 27, who has previous convictions for dishonesty offences, was stopped by a security guard from Sainsbury's as he tried to run off.
He was held by police overnight as he said he had no money to return to his home in Salcombe Road, Manchester.
Terrence Perry, defending, said: "He's a single man living with his parents and he's longing for employment.
"He's on jobseeker's allowance but he only gets £52 a week.
"He told the police that the reason he committed this offence was because he had no money."
Magistrates fined him £200, but accepted a day's custody, which he had already served, in lieu of the fine.