A THIEF - whose criminal record was described by his own solicitor as the ‘worst he has ever seen’ - has avoided jail after stealing hundreds of pounds worth of electrical items.
Matthew Cavill, of Marlene Croft, Chelmsley Wood, appeared at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday after he admitted stealing a television worth £199.99 and two electric razors worth £109.98.
The 30-year-old, who suffers with a personality disorder, has racked up 74 previous convictions for theft and dishonesty, the court heard.
The bench was told Cavill entered Asda in Chelmsley Wood on May 27 and removed security tags from a TV before leaving the store without paying for it.
He later stole the razors from Boots in Chelmsley Wood on June 7. He was caught on both occasions and arrested.
Colin Doyle, defending, said: “My client has the worst record I have ever seen for these type of offences but he is attempting to get his life back on track.”
Cavill was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, put under a supervision requirement and made subject to an exclusion order from Asda, Chelmsley Wood.