Currys store thief 'threw TV away then claimed he was giving it back'
An alleged store thief threw a television set away as staff gave chase and then claimed he was giving it back, the High Court heard today.
Garth Ferguson at first claimed his actions meant he had not stolen from a branch of Currys in Coleraine, Co Derry.
The 29-year-old has since admitted a charge of theft over the incident last week, a judge was told.
Prosecutors also revealed he is to be questioned about three separate alleged burglaries from commercial premises after DNA matches were obtained.
Ferguson, of Ballyness Park, Coleraine, was granted bail but banned from the Riverside Retail Park in the town.
The court heard that a man went into Currys on March 18, lifted a boxed TV and fled.
A member of staff gave chase and was about to catch him when the thief threw the set away and escaped.
Ferguson was arrested in a nearby area minutes later.
Conor Maguire, prosecuting, revealed that after being cautioned he replied: "I gave the TV back, it's not theft."
It was alleged that Ferguson then made full admissions, saying that he planned to sell the television to buy drugs.
According to defence counsel, however, his problems are with alcohol rather than drugs.
The barrister added: "Quite frankly, he's not very good at stealing things because he keeps getting caught."
Granting bail, Mr Justice Treacy also ordered Ferguson to attend his GP for medical help.
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