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Man who kept lookout for Carlisle charity box thief is sentenced for “mean” crime

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who acted as a lookout while his partner-in-crime stole a charity box from a Carlisle supermarket has been sentenced at a city court.

Andrew George Morris, 33, kept watch as an accomplice snatched an Alzheimer’s Society collection container from the pharmacy area of Sainsbury’s in Bridge Street on March 20.

After the thief smashed his way into the box and deposited £31.32 into a coin deposit machine, Morris then exchanged the receipt for bank notes.

He and the other man – later jailed for four weeks – were arrested outside the store, Morris having been seen with a £20 note in one hand and £10 in the other.

Morris, of Cant Crescent, Carlisle, admitted an offence of theft at the city’s crown court today (THURS), having elected jury trial during an previous court hearing.

After hearing Morris had complied with – and completed – a separate punishment for other criminal offending, Judge James Adkin imposed a 12-month conditional discharge.

Judge Adkin told Morris that he had committed a “mean offence”, and ordered him to reimburse the charity.

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