A father who attempted to steal birthday presents for his 12-year-old son because he didn’t have enough money to buy hem himself has been fined.
Foolish Terry Dowling, 43, took two toy drones from a branch of Debenhams on October 12 because his child’s birthday was approaching.
However, the thug was stopped by security as he attempted to leave the shop and the items, worth £155, were recovered.
Dowling, of Worcester, admitted to stealing the items from the nearby store.
He was handed a 12-month community order, including 20 rehabilitation days to help tackle a drug addiction.
He was ordered to pay a £50 fine, £135 costs and a victim surcharge of £85 at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Mark Turnball, defending, said: ‘He has not committed an offence from March through to October, which is not necessarily something we can commend him for but it is worth noting given his previous record.
‘His son’s 12th birthday is coming up and he wanted to get him a present, but did not have enough money to do so. He earns £70 a week and is a single man living on his own.
‘He feels aware that he has let his son down.
‘He made a full admission in interview which he should be given credit for.’Let's