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Shoplifter addict who sprayed foam in store jailed

By Nevin Farrell

A heroin addict who sprayed puncture repair foam throughout a Halfords store in Ballymena has been jailed for six months.

Gareth McKee (22), of Edward Street in the town, damaged the shop in an incident described by District Judge Peter King as "completely disgraceful behaviour".

A prosecutor told the local Magistrates Court two males entered Halfords and sprayed the foam "all over the store" before stealing items worth more than £40.

She said when McKee was arrested he couldn't remember causing any damage or the thefts.

But the stolen items were recovered and were fit for re-sale.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said McKee was high on drink and drugs at the time and said it was a "random act of quite despicable vandalism".

McKee pleaded guilty to the charges, including another incident involving the theft of 28 tins of Lynx deodorant and six packets of meat with a combined value of £125 from a supermarket in Ballymena.

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