Herbert Brown targeted by serial thief

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South Tyneside branch of pawn shop sees man flee with silver chain.

A jewellery thief has been jailed after he fled from a branch of Herbert Brown wearing a necklace he asked to try on.

The silver chain, worth £425, was stolen by 31-year-old David Shubrook. The sales assistant helped him put it on, then he fled the shop in King Street, South Tyneside, and took a metro train towards Newcastle.

He was arrested at Simonside train station after police halted his train to catch up with him.

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Shubrook has pleaded guilty to theft and asked for three other thefts committed since July 1 this year to be taken into account.

Paul Downey, prosecuting, said: “A member of staff at the shop said the defendant came in at about 2pm and asked to try on a silver belcher chain, worth £425, that was in the window.

“She fastened it around his neck. He looked in the mirror, then took it off. He said he wanted to have another look and went outside, then came back and asked to try it on again, before choosing a different chain. Then he ran out of the shop.”

“Police were called and CCTV footage showed him getting on the Metro at King Street. They arrested him at Simonside, where the Metro train had been stopped," Downey added.

Mr Downey said that in his interview with police, Shubrook admitted what he had done and said he wanted to sell the chain on to buy drugs, which he had been using for four weeks.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He’s a man with a significant history of offending, for which he has spent some considerable amount of time in prison. He has done remarkably well following his release from custody in July last year."

“For some reason he’s fell back into old ways, using heroin and valium," said Brown.

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