Antony has now apologised. He does seem truly mortified and said he will seek help. That statement leads one to believe that he has some sort of compulsion to steal.
Thomson's thefts took place via a self scanning checkout at Tesco. You have to wonder how many other people only pay for part of their shop at such tills. Perhaps the fact that their action will be caught on camera and like Thompson they could face arrest might stay their hands.
Antony was arrested on Friday January 6, 2012, after he was caught "misusing" the self scanning check out. The media has reported that staff at the Oxfordshire Tesco set up cameras after spotting Antony only scanning some of the goods in his shopping basket. He was seen doing this on five separate occasions in 16 days.
It is widely believed that Mr Thompson's restaurant has suffered because of the economic down turn in the UK.
Today he apologised for the thefts saying:
'I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I've let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed. I am not the first, and I certainly won't be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason - what went through my head, only time will tell. Of course, I must also apologise sincerely to Tesco, with whom I'm had a long and genuine working relationship, and to all the staff at the Henley branch, many of whom I've got to know over the years. Once again, I am so sorry and hopefully in the future I can make amends.'
A police spokesperson said, 'Thames Valley Police arrested a 60-year-old man from High Wycombe following a report of shoplifting offences in Tesco, Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames."
Mr Worrall Thompson was formally cautioned by police but released.