A 27-YEAR old man who stole a Prime Energy drink and vodka while "picking" on a Co-op shop has been fined by magistrates. 

David Eagan-Parker, of Park Street, Worcester - who has previously served time in prison for thieving - committed his latest thefts earlier this year, Worcester Magistrates Court heard.

Mark Hambling, prosecuting, said Eagan-Parker went into the Co-op shop in Pershore on July 12 at 12.30pm, taking a box of Smirnoff Vodka from a trolley.

The prosecutor said he then put the box - worth £108 - under his jumper before walking out offering no payment. 

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Mr Hambling said Eagan-Parker committed exactly the same theft from the store on July 19, this time working with an accomplice.

In addition to the vodka box Eagan-Parker also took a bottle of Prime Energy drink. 

The prosecutor added the thefts put Eagan-Parker in breach of a conditional discharge, handed to him in May for three shop thefts. 

We reported in January 2019 that Egan-Parker had been jailed for eight weeks in prison after breaching a suspended sentence by stealing electric shavers from Boots and fragrances from Debenhams worth more than £1,000 in total. 

Eagan-Parker, who admitted two thefts from shops during his court appearance on Thursday, (September 7), was represented by John Rogers. 

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He asked the magistrates to look at the defendant's record which he said showed a gap in his offending from 2019 to this year. 

He explained during that time Eagan-Parker had lived with a partner with a change in his lifestyle after previously living homeless. 

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But, said Mr Rogers, after they split Eagan-Parker was back on the streets and stole food to eat in May. 

Since then Eagan-Parker had found accommodation but, when he had faced eviction, Mr Rogers said there had been a "little hiccup" as Eagan-Parker stole from Co-op as he was desperate not to lose his home. 

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Mr Rogers added Eagan-Parker had autism and ADHD but had no addiction problems. 

Kevin Lloyd-Wright, chairman of the magistrates bench, told the defendant his previous offending aggravated the offence and said: "You seemed to be picking on the Co-op". 

Eagan-Parker was fined £120 and told to pay £48 victim surcharge, the total of £276 to be deducted from his benefits. 

The chairman added many others found themselves having similar issues but: "They don't go out stealing, that is not the way."