A FORMER homeless man who committed “one of the least sophisticated thefts that Chester has seen” has been jailed.
Jason Oultram, 37, of Cecil Street, Boughton pleaded guilty to stealing a DVD player and microwave meals.
On January 13, Oultram entered the Co-op store in Hoole, Chester.
Prosecutor Caroline Ross said: “Staff were keeping observations on the defendant and there was a police community support officer in the store. He recognised the defendant and followed him out of the store and watched as he took two items out of the front of his jacket and placed them in a bag he was carrying.”
He was stopped by the PCSO and officers formally identified Oultram on the store’s CCTV concealing products from the chiller cabinet worth £8.07.
Defending solicitor Richard Thomas said: “Oultram came into Chester city centre to sort out housing benefit.
“He started to get quite drunk on lager and took 10 sleeping tablets. It had a strange effect on him and started to make him think in a nonsensical way.
“He was aware he was being monitored by staff and aware there was a police officer standing by the exit. It is one of the least sophisticated thefts Chester city has seen.”
Oultram then ran away and was involved in a struggle with a police officer.
Mr Thomas added: “He has been hit with a baton in the leg. He was able to run before that happened but finds it hard to walk today. He has cuts and bruises to his neck and elbow and marks all over the place.”
At 3pm on January 23, Oultram was seen picking up a DVD player, worth £16.76, in a Superdrug store in Chester and walking out without paying.
Miss Ross said: “When challenged by a member of staff, he returned the box and ran.
“A police officer was walking past at the time and recognised the defendant. He pursued him and he was arrested.”
Chair Andrew Pooley sentenced Oultram to 14 days imprisonment for each theft.