A supermarket thief who threatened: “I’ll have your eye out” as he brandished scissors at a store manager and security staff has been jailed for 15 months.
Preston Crown Court heard Steven Peter Parkinson, 31, of Dee Road, Lancaster, became aggressive when staff approached him as he tried to flee the ASDA store in Morecambe with £32 of steak from the chilled aisle.
Prosecuting, Francis McEntee said: “At 4.45pm on June 11, staff noticed the defendant because he had selected a number of meat items and hidden them under another item in the basket.
“He moved around the store and the manager asked security to assist.
“As he sought to leave with carrier bags he was approached. He immediately became aggressive. He had his ha nd in his pocket. He started to swear and as he did he pulled a pair of scissors from his pocket and threatened staff.
He said: “If you come near me I will cut you, I will stab you.
“The manager was in fear of his staff’s safety and his own and staff backed off to some degree but followed the defendant as he left the store.
“He realised he was being followed and shouted back, swearing and shouting: “I will have your eye out.”
The court heard police later arrested Parkinson in Lancaster after receiving calls about a man who was trying to sell meat on the Ryelands Estate.
Parkinson made no comment in interview but pleaded guilty to theft, affray and possession of an offensive weapon, namely scissors.
Judge Michael Byrne said: “There was repeated aggressive behaviour in the car park, which was busy with shoppers.”