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'Stupid' laptop thief sentenced
The suspect - (c) Manchester Evening News
Adams was caught on CCTV cameras eight times
A thief who was caught on eight cameras as he stole a laptop from a CCTV shop has been sentenced by a court.

Michael Adams was pictured in the national media after the theft from CCTV Surveillance Solutions in Dale Street, Manchester, on 13 August.

Adams, of Marcer Road, Miles Platting, and known to his friends as Mr Stupid, admitted stealing a laptop worth 650 before Manchester magistrates.

The 20-year-old was given a 12-month community order on Thursday.

He was also given a six-month drug rehabilitation order and was ordered to pay compensation of 650 to the shop owner and 70 towards court costs.

'Good for business'

Store owner David Arathoon said last week the theft had been good for business.

"He's given us publicity that we could never have dreamed of," he said.

Adams already has eight convictions, including six for theft-related crimes.

He was caught after police officers recognised him standing at a bus stop.

Chairman of the bench Dr Frank Hauxwell said: "Offences like this are a plague on the city - stealing goods then selling them for a quarter of their value.

"The bill for that in the city is 1.5m a year which people like me, your parents and friends pay towards the cost of their goods.

"The cost to keep you in prison would be 25,000 a year."

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