A thief broke a homeowner’s fence during a farcical attempt to escape from police.
Dean Kay and fellow shoplifter James Hull were being tracked down by officers after they received reports of a theft from the Tesco store on Windle Island.
The pair were soon tracked down and found hiding with a bag of stolen meat behind a bush on Rainford Road.
When officers stopped their patrol car Kay and his pal ran into a nearby garden and scaled a fence to make their escape - damaging it in the process.
The officers then drove to Tesco to review CCTV footage and watched a recording of 23-year-old Kay and Hull, who had already been convicted of theft and criminal damage, loading a bag with meat before leaving without paying.
Police arrested Kay later that evening, October 24, and he made full and frank admissions in interview.
He admitted shoplifting, criminal damage and breaching a number of court order when he appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week.
Frank Roe, defending, told how his client’s heroin habit had been behind the theft.
District Judge Ian Lomax asked for the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report before sentencing Kay on January 23. Kay, of Albion Street, Queen’s Park, was released on conditional bail.