Paul Benson, from Lurgan, left his local Tesco superstore with £104.54 worth of food and drink without paying for it
Paul Benson, from Lurgan, left his local Tesco superstore with £104.54 worth of food and drink without paying for it, before being spotted by the shop’s staff and dropping the goods in the car park and running away from the scene.
After checking the CCTV security systems operating in the store, staff were able to identify him due to the fact he had carried out the attempted robbery wearing a personalised Manchester United shirt with ‘Benson 22’ printed on the back. As he had a previous record for shoplifting, he was easily tracked down by the local police force and subsequently admitted the offence.
Benson was issued with a 12 month probation order, with Judge Mervyn Bates stating that he “might as well have had a neon sign identifying himself”. A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in the implementation of CCTV security on non-domestic property all over Britain, has also released a statement following the report:
“While in hindsight it is easy to look back at this incident recorded in Northern Ireland in a light-hearted manner due to the circumstances of his arrest, it nevertheless highlights the importance of high quality CCTV security systems when it comes to confirming the identity of a criminal.
“Mr. Benson was unfortunate to be so brazen in his attempted theft, and fortunately the staff at the Tesco supermarket were able to revisit footage of the incident to confirm his identity with the local authorities.”
AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.
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