A UK man managed to steal a wardrobe and a bed in a shoplifting spree that netted him more than £6,000 worth of goods from furniture giant Ikea.
During July and August 2009, Jason Millar, 27, of Lyndhurst View Road, Belfast, UK, raided the Belfast furniture store on 12 separate occasions.
Millar was caught on CCTV wheeling furniture laden trolleys past the checkouts and out of the store. The total value of the goods came to £6,350. He had to leave a lot of the contraband in his car because there was no room left in his house to store it.
Although Millar pleaded guilty to the offences he was spared a prison sentence because of psychiatric difficulties.
The court was told that Millar suffered a series of tragedies including the death of his mother when he was young, seeing his brother killed in a road accident and losing a close friend, a soldier who killed himself with his own gun.
Millar’s defence lawyer told Belfast Magistrates Court: "One can distinguish this man from the typical professional criminal.
"Suddenly in this period between July and August, 12 times day in, day out, these offences are carried out quite brazenly.
"This man's sense of self-destruction and fatalism hung over him at the time - this was a man begging to be caught." (BBC)
Millar was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended, fined £400 and given another four month suspended sentence for growing cannabis which was found at his home when police raided his house.