A MAN fled a Huddersfield court after he heard that he might be going to jail.
Anthony Kalsey, 46, was told a suspended prison sentence could be activated after he admitted committing fraud.
But while magistrates retired to consider their sentence, he disappeared from the building.
The bench then issued a warrant for Kalsey’s arrest – and confirmed that they had planned on locking him up.
Kalsey, of Franks Lane in Cambridge, had earlier pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation.
Alex Bosman, prosecuting, said that at the Batley Tesco on April 25, Kalsey picked up a Dyson worth £390 from a shelf.
Mr Bosman said: “He put it in his trolley and went to the customer service desk.
“There he produced a till receipt for the item and asked for a refund.”
The receipt was for a vacuum cleaner bought in Peterborough and the cashier handed the money over to Kalsey.
But he was stopped as he tried to leave the store as he had been seen on CCTV.
In January he was given a four-month suspended sentence for fraud by South Cambridgeshire Magistrates.