A GRANDAD from Ellesmere Port who stole three Scalextric sets from a shop store said he was going to give one to his grandson – and the other two to a Christmas charity.
Melvyn Desmond Powell, 54, was followed out of the Littlewoods Clearance store on Holywell Road on December 4 carrying one of the boxes.
Security staff found two more in his car.
Powell, of Joseph Groome Towers, in Ellesmere Port, admitted theft to the value of £247 and was fined £100 with £100 costs at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold.
“I cannot imagine that any charity would want to receive stolen property,” District Judge Andrew Shaw told him.
“Does it not really contaminate the whole process?”
Powell replied: “You are right, sir.”
Defending solicitor Phillip Marshall-Thomas said the defendant was visiting a relative in the area when he went to the store, he stole the items on the spur of the moment.
All three items were recovered undamaged.
One was to be a present for his grandson, and the others he was going to give to a Christmas charity with which he had a connection in the Ellesmere Port area.
The defendant, who suffered from ill-health, wished to profoundly apologise for what he had done.