A THIEF has been sentenced by magistrates after stealing wine and cheese from shops in Herefordshire.

Michael Mason pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a shop when he appeared before Hereford magistrates at a hearing last month.

The court heard from prosecutor Camila Toscano that the 57-year-old had stolen two bottles of wine worth £13 from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Ross-on-Wye on December 28 last year.

He also took five packets of cheese worth £19.95 from Euro Garages on January 29.

The Euro Garage shop in Ledbury Road has now been taken over by an Asda Express, with the rebrand taking place earlier this year.


The specific brands and varieties of wine and cheese taken by Mason was not given on court documents.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay compensation of £13 to Sainsbury’s and £19.95 to Euro Garages.

Mason, of Old Market Close, Ross-on-Wye, must also pay prosecution costs of £40.