A SHOPLIFTER who assisted in stealing a trolley full of goods from a supermarket has been ordered to repay half of the items stolen.

Raymond Pears, 47 entered Aldi in Whitehaven on September 28 with another male and they filled a trolley with meat and other goods, Workington Magistrates’ Court heard.

Graeme Tindall, prosecuting, said the defendant had then gone outside to open the doors for the trolley to be pushed outside the entrance.

He was arrested and interviewed by police but couldn’t remember what he was doing on that day.

Pears, of Ennerdale Terrace, Whitehaven, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop.

John Cooper, defending, said Pears had not been in trouble for theft for nearly 25 years.

He said Pears’ co-accused was ‘the brains’ behind the operation and the defendant had been ‘along for the ride’ with a shopping list of his own.

Pears was fined £180 and ordered to pay £140 in compensation to Aldi. He must pay £85 costs and a £72 victim surcharge.