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Man who stole post-it notes from stranger’s house because he thought they’d be “useful” tried to dispose of them in police car after arrest

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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A MAN who took a pile of post-it notes from a stranger’s house after stealing alcohol worth £38 from a shop in Westward Ho! tried to dispose of them while in a police car, a court has heard.

Richard Harrison, 43, of Kala Fair, Westward Ho!, tried to hide the blue notes in the police car after he was arrested on October 23 last year.

Appearing at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of vodka and a bottle of whisky worth £38 from the Co-op in the town.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a wad of blue post-it notes from victim Alan Daw’s house in East-the-Water on December 31. Prosecutor Mark Haddow described the theft of post-it notes as “somewhat unusual” and said it occurred after Harrison asked to pop in to the stranger’s house for a drink.

He said: “He had been at an address in the street to see a friend and after leaving he saw another man and asked if he could go into his house and have a drink.

“They went to the kitchen where he was given cordial to make his own drink and was seen by the victim to grab things from the shelf.”

Mr Haddow told how Harrison told police he thought the notes would be “useful” and so picked them up and put them into his jacket pocket.

He also tried to “get rid of them” in the police car and after his arrest officers found them scattered in the patrol vehicle.

The victim, described by the prosecution as a “vulnerable 67-year-old left impaired by a stroke”, called the police immediately after Harrison left.

Mr Haddow said: “It was not a pleasant experience for the victim and it had immediate impact. He’s just thankful it was just post-it notes.”

The case was adjourned for a probation report and Harrison was granted conditional bail to appear back before magistrates on Friday, January 31.

The conditions of his bail include not entering the Co-op in Westward Ho!, not contacting victim Alan Daw and not visiting Ethelwynne Brown Close in East-the-Water, Bideford.

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