Perfume thief jailed

Arrested man in handcuffs with hands behind back.

More than £500 of fragrance was stolen during a Pembroke Dock man’s shop-lifting spree.

Luke Brummitt, of Queens Street, appeared from custody at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Wednesday, January 23.

Brummitt, 40, pleaded guilty to stealing DVDs from Tesco, Milford Haven, on December 29, and returning to steal speakers and travel mugs from the store the following day.

He admitting stealing Jean Paul Gaultier aftershave totalling £534.50 from Debenhams, Haverfordwest, on January 8 and 17.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said Brummitt was challenged by staff and left his haul behind after he was seen to put items into a bag in Tesco on December 30.

He stole three bottles of aftershave on his first trip to Debenhams, and took away five of the same brand when he returned a few days later.

The court heard that he had a ‘long, unenviable record of offending’, which included shop-lifting.

Jonathan Webb, defending, said Brummitt’s benefits took a month to restart after he was released from prison before Christmas and he had no money in the meantime.

He added that Brummitt stole high-value items to sell on at a far lower price than their original price-tag.

“It’s a very ending cycle of custody, coming out and trying to establish a benefits claim, waiting and then his money expires.

“It’s a perpetual cycle that he finds himself in”

Magistrates sentenced Brummitt to 20 weeks in prison and ordered him to pay £524.50 compensation.

The chairman of the bench said: “You have to do something about your life, otherwise you will have no future.”