Homeless Falmouth teen stole meat during six month crime spree

Falmouth Packet: Homeless Falmouth teen stole meat during six month crime spree Homeless Falmouth teen stole meat during six month crime spree

A homeless Falmouth teen stole hundreds of pounds worth of meat, games consoles and power tools in a six month crime spree.

Thomas Percival Bowden, of no fixed abode, appeared in Truro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with seven counts of theft, non-payment of a fine, and failing to comply with a court order.

He was also charged with breaking a reinforced glass window in Camborne Tesco.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges and was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

The catalogue of offences started on February 2, when Bowden stole £100 of tablets from Boots in Camborne.

Two days later he returned to the shop and pinched £680 worth of cosmetics.

Later that month, on February 22, he shoplifted £300 worth of games consoles from Tesco Extra in Pool.

In the first week of March he stole £88.22 worth of meat from Aldi in Camborne before attempting to steal eight joints of pork and two joints of beef worth £130.97 from the Camborne Tesco on March 11 and breaking the window in the process.

A month later, on April 8, he stole £165.43 worth of frozen food from Asda Penryn.

Two days after that he stole a £100 jig-saw from B&Q Penryn, before returning to the store the following week to make off with a £149.98 drill.

In between those dates, on April 12 he stole £77.83 worth of beef from the Tesco in Redruth. His thieving spree came to an end on June 26, when he stole £60 worth of meat from Camborne Co-op.

Delivering judgement on Bowden, chair of the magistrates, John Richardson, handed down a custodial sentence as the offences were “so serious.”

He is a “prolific offender” who failed “to respond to other penalties of the court,” the judgement reads.

Alongside his suspended sentence, Bowden was ordered to undertake a drug rehabilitation course and attend his supervision appointments.

The fine was remitted due to “no current means.”

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7:25am Tue 30 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think that is very sad, particularly to be homeless at 19.
I think that is very sad, particularly to be homeless at 19. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 6

8:46am Tue 30 Jul 13

GrahamHarris says...

I think the sad thing is that his prison sentence has been ''suspended'' and the fine has been ''remitted''. This in effect means that he has received no punishment whatsoever!
I think the sad thing is that his prison sentence has been ''suspended'' and the fine has been ''remitted''. This in effect means that he has received no punishment whatsoever! GrahamHarris
  • Score: -1

12:09pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Benbev58 says...

Bring back the stocks, scum
Bring back the stocks, scum Benbev58
  • Score: -8

1:52pm Tue 30 Jul 13

moneal says...

What has happened to the justice system in this country, theft is theft and sorry as I am for the homeless, there is no excuse what so ever for theft on this scale.
A suspended sentence is a joke, an invitation for others to do the same, the only losers are the shops he stole from and us the public who pay the bill for the police and the court, the police must go away and bang their heads against the wall in pure frustration. I wonder how much it all that cost us.
As Benbev58 said Bring back the stocks, lets see something to discourage these crimes.
What has happened to the justice system in this country, theft is theft and sorry as I am for the homeless, there is no excuse what so ever for theft on this scale. A suspended sentence is a joke, an invitation for others to do the same, the only losers are the shops he stole from and us the public who pay the bill for the police and the court, the police must go away and bang their heads against the wall in pure frustration. I wonder how much it all that cost us. As Benbev58 said Bring back the stocks, lets see something to discourage these crimes. moneal
  • Score: -9

5:52pm Tue 30 Jul 13

rwarwicker says...

What would a homeless person do with so many joints of meat? Cook up a roast dinner in the shop doorway?
What would a homeless person do with so many joints of meat? Cook up a roast dinner in the shop doorway? rwarwicker
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Tue 30 Jul 13

meerkats says...

rwarwicker wrote:
What would a homeless person do with so many joints of meat? Cook up a roast dinner in the shop doorway?
I did wonder why he stole joints of meat if he is homeless. Dont these stores have security cameras etc he seemed to get away with it over a long time.
[quote][p][bold]rwarwicker[/bold] wrote: What would a homeless person do with so many joints of meat? Cook up a roast dinner in the shop doorway?[/p][/quote]I did wonder why he stole joints of meat if he is homeless. Dont these stores have security cameras etc he seemed to get away with it over a long time. meerkats
  • Score: 0

7:31pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Helston fly on the wall says...

I would have thought he stole to sell the goods, cheap meat would likely sell well I would have thought, to get money to live off poor lad.
I would have thought he stole to sell the goods, cheap meat would likely sell well I would have thought, to get money to live off poor lad. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 4

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