King’s Lynn man in jail for stealing food ‘because he was hungry’

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A Lynn man is starting a prison sentence after he admitted stealing food from a supermarket because he was hungry.

Mark Keepe, 40, of Hillington Square, was sentenced to four weeks in jail for theft when he appeared in court in Lynn yesterday.

And that sentence will run concurrently to a 16 week term imposed for breaching a community order imposed for two offences of burglary. The order was revoked and a new sentence imposed.

The court heard Keepe had gone into the Tesco store in Gaywood on August 20 and selected a number of items which he put in his jacket pocket.

He then left the store without attempting to pay for the goods and was stopped by a security officer, who recovered them.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said: “He was homeless at the time and separated from his girlfriend and he was hungry. On the spur of the moment, he stole these groceries.”

In addition to the prison terms, Keepe was ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charge and an £80 victim surcharge.