Thief ‘deeply embarrassed’ after stealing Help for Heroes charity tin

In the courts
In the courts
  • Bovingdon man stole box containing more than £90 from Northampton cafe way back in 2013
  • He was eventually identified in CCTV footage a year later
  • Paul Burke said he was embarrassed by his own actions
  • Defence say Burke is now a changed man

A man who stole a Help for Heroes charity tin from a café said he was “deeply embarrassed” by his own actions.

Paul Burke, of Bovingdon, stole the box containing more than £90, from The Park Café in Abington Park, Northampton, in August 2013. He was identified in CCTV footage a year later.

He is deeply embarrassed by his actions and would like to apologise to the café and to everyone who gave their money.

Claire Fitzpatrick, defending

The 37-year-old admitted the theft and pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Claire Fitzpatrick, defending, said: “He is deeply embarrassed by his actions and would like to apologise to the café and to everyone who gave their money.”

Burke was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay back £90 in compensation to the charity and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court heard, since the theft, and while serving a prison sentence for another offence, Burke completed numerous courses in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and in health and safety in the workplace.

Ms Fitzpatrick said: “This is not the same man today who stole the money.”