He was caught stealing soap and chocolate from Massy Supermarket last week Wednesday.
And even after spending a night in police custody 56-year-old Carlos Leo Clarke, of Crest Road, Ellerton, St George, was still unable to give Magistrate Douglas Frederick a “reasonable excuse” for his actions on September 19.
Clarke admitted in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court that he entered the supermarket’s Worthing branch and was seen by a security guard about 5:10 p.m. taking the items from the shelf and putting them in his pocket although he was equipped with a shopping basket.
He then went to the cashier paid for the item in the basket and walked out of the establishment. He was stopped, searched and the items, which cost $26.77, were retrieved.
“As a true country man . . . I am asking for a pardon this time,” Clarke said even as he admitted, “I didn’t consider it as nothing too much”.
“I had money . . . I paid for the loaf of bread . . . . but all the money was not mine . . . . the guard wanted to go in my pocket and I tell him that he can’t go in my pocket just so because he needs to have a witness,” Clarke explained.
However, the magistrate pointed out that from all indications it seemed that Clarke was in the habit of committing such acts.
“You have no reasonable excuse . . . it is not to say that you were hungry or anything . . . ,” Frederick stated.
Clarke replied: “I am sorry. It seems as though it was an error on my part.”
For his crime Clarke must now keep the peace and be on his best behaviour for the next six months.
If he breaches the bond imposed and is found guilty of any crime during that time, he will spend three months at HMP Dodds.