A SERIAL offender has been sent to prison after admitting stealing more than £2,500 worth of perfume from a high street shop in an opportunistic burglary.
William Standring, 51, of Glyn Garth, Blacon, pleaded guilty to stealing fragrances valued at £2,515.49 from Superdrug on Northgate Street after he saw one of the windows of the shop had been smashed and he went in and helped himself, passing the perfume out to two accomplaces outside.
He also admitted stealing a Technika television worth £159, in a seperate incident, from Tescos on Frodsham Sqaure, Chester.
Standring was seen on CCTV at about 1am on August 13 with two other people debating whether to go into the shop after word reached him, and a few of his friends who he was with at the time, that Superdrug had a window smashed and the alarm was not going off.
After a few minutes Standring walked into the shop and began passing out perfume to his two friends who put them into rucksacks before they made off in the direction of Blacon.
Standring received a total of 18 weeks in prison – 12 weeks for burglary, four weeks for stealing the TV and a further two weeks for breaching his bail conditions as the burglary offence was committed while on bail for the theft of the TV.
Only one of the accomplaces was identified on CCTV, Samantha Coram, 29, of Stoke Lodge, Ellesmere Port, who is a busker in Chester.
She received 12 month community order, was sent on a six month alcohol rehabilitation course and was fined £560 as she played a more minor role in the theft and had no previous convictions for theft.
None of the items were recovered.