Store security razor sharp
A Cannons Creek man with an expensive taste in razors avoided a jail sentence last week.
Matthew Junior Cummings, 37, was convicted and discharged by Judge Chris Tuohy after he stole razors and shavers worth $ 51.46 from Porirua Pak ’n Save on July 20.
The stolen razors must have been top shelf, Judge Tuohy told Cummings.
‘‘You must have pinched the best shavers in the supermarket. You can buy the Bic ones for under $5,’’ he said.
Cummings, a mover, stole the razors because he needed to shave for a 60th birthday party that evening, police prosecutor Lucette Kuhn said at Porirua District Court last Tuesday.
He was apologetic when caught by security guards and when police arrived, Ms Kuhn said.
‘‘ He was very embarrassed by what he did.’’
The shoplifting carried a maximum penalty of three months’ jail.
In Cummings’ favour was his early guilty plea and his straitened circumstances – he was currently on ACC for a back complaint and had six children to care for.
Cummings had not appeared in court for five years.
Any future shoplifting would carry a community work sentence, Judge Tuohy said.