A MAN who stole £2,480 worth of perfume from a shop he had already been convicted for stealing from just two days before, has been remanded in custody.

John Duckworth, 45, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, where he admitted burglary.

The court heard how Duckworth had broken into Regent Beauty in Shanklin for a second time after having previously been convicted for burgling the shop on October 30.

Duckworth, of no fixed address, had received a 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months on November 6 for the first burglary.

Prosecutor, Ann Smout, said: "On November 8 at around 4.10am Duckworth again gained entry to Regent Beauty on Regent Street.

"He entered the shop through a boarded-up window, knowing the window was a weakness owing to the burglary he carried out previously.

"He has a long track record of offences while on bail and he returned to the same place just days after being given a suspended sentence and committed a near identical crime.

"The £2,480 worth of items stolen have still not been found."

In a victim statement read out to the court, the director of Regent Beauty detailed how he may be forced to close the shop if it continues to suffer burglaries.

Duckworth's defence, Barry Arnett, said: "He has little or no recollection of the events of that night.

"He has been taking Xanax again, and mixing that with alcohol, but he really is aware of the impact this has had on this small business.

"He genuinely does not know where the property he stole went."

The magistrates remanded Duckworth in custody ahead of his sentencing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on December 6.

IW Police have appealed for information about the whereabouts of the perfumes.