Judge threatens Plymouth's 'hopeless' thief with prison

Mark Doab
Image caption A phone dropped by Doab at a crime scene was registered to his home

A thief dubbed "hopeless" by his own defence solicitor has been warned he faces jail unless he goes straight.

Mark Doab, 24, of Embankment Road, Plymouth, Devon was tracked down by police after a series of basic blunders in April and May this year.

He left his wallet at one crime scene, dropped his mobile phone at another and was caught on CCTV on two further occasions. He admitted the four thefts.

A district judge sentenced him to 32 weeks, suspended for 18 months.

The court heard when Doab snatched a charity box containing £20 from a Devonport newsagent, he left his wallet behind which had photo identification in it.

When he fled a city store with a stolen DVD player worth £150, Doab dropped his phone which was registered to his home address.

He failed to spot CCTV cameras and did nothing to cover his face when he stole £110 from a woman who had just withdrawn the cash from a Lloyds TSB bank.

Doab was also traced through CCTV when he stole a £400 bracelet from Argos.

Graham Kinchin, defending, told Plymouth Magistrates' Court: "Either he was hopelessly unprofessional or he wanted to be apprehended, but has told me he did want to be arrested."

He said his client had drug problems which he wanted to tackle.

Judge Paul Farmer told him: "I have little time for you and your problems. I doubt your victims saw your offences as cries for help.

"I believe you will breach this suspended sentence. It is up to you to prove me wrong."

The judge also ordered Doab to undergo a drug treatment programme.

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