Judge issues warning to thief armed with a blade

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A man with learning difficulties has been given a final warning after he was arrested for brandishing a knife at a shop worker.

Steven Swallow, aged 30, of Adwick Road, Mexborough, was given a 12-month supervision order and conditional discharge and told by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court to stop shoplifting or he would end up in prison.

He admitted three counts of theft and one of possessing a blade in public.

Swallow was spotted in the railway cafe at Doncaster station stealing food and while on police bail, he went into a store in Doncaster and was caught on CCTV taking items.

Carl Fitch, prosecuting, said when a worker went to confront him, he pulled out a knife telling him: “If I see you again I’ll kill you.”

He then brandished a blade adding: “You want to watch yourself. I’ve got this, I know what you look like.”

Swallow has 16 previous convictions for 24 offences including 10 counts of theft.

Richard Davies, defending, said Swallow had significant learning difficulties and his previous convictions were for low level shop thefts.