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Brierley Hill thief shopped himself hoping for a spell behind bars
5:09pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A BRIERLEY Hill shoplifter reported himself to police after the store's alarm failed to go off - because he wanted to be arrested.
Duane Thurstance, aged 24, called police and told officers he was in possession of a pair of scissors and a CD he had stolen from Tesco's.
When interviewed after his arrest Thurstance maintained he had decided to go out to steal something so he would be caught and he could get sent to prison.
He said he went into the supermarket to steal the CD and only called police because the alarm system in the store failed to go off when he left the building.
Judge Philip Parker QC said it was an unusual case and told Thurstance: "It is a matter of some concern that you chose to commit further offences to provoke the police into arresting you.
"You did this so you could either go into custody because you clearly cannot cope or because you wanted to get a change of address."
The judge said Thurstance had been held in custody on remand for five months since his arrest and ruled it was now better for him to get on with his life in the outside world.
Thurstance, of Pensnett Road, admitted theft and possessing a bladed article and that the offences constituted the breach of a two year suspended prison sentence imposed for robbery.
He was placed on supervision for a year by the judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court and told to obey a 28 day curfew order between the hours of 9pm and 6am.
Stephen Cadwaladr for Thurstance said his client was vulnerable adding: "It was out of desperation that he did the things he did."
He told the court that being held in custody on remand had "taught him the best lesson he could learn."