Addict jailed after £7,000 shop thefts

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A heroin addict who stole £7,000 of purses and handbags to fund a trip to Cambodia has been jailed.

Preston Crown Court heard David Robinson, of Rutland Avenue, Poulton, was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport upon his return from Asia.

Robinson, 42, was caught after his blood was found at the Something Special shop, at the town’s Teanlowe Centre.

Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said Robinson broke into the shop one night in June after smashing a window, stealing the goods and then selling them on the black market to fund his trip.

He was arrested at Heathrow on July 28 and pleaded guilty to the burglary as well as two other offences of shoplifting from premises in the Lake District.

Rachel Woods, defending, said Robinson, who had 132 previous convictions, had been addicted to heroin for half of his life.

She told the court: “That is the reason for his visits to far away places like Thailand and on this occasion, Cambodia, where he has managed to undergo detoxification programmes.

“For the last 20 years or so he has had a pretty nomadic lifestyle on the Fylde coast, dabbling with drugs, trying to come to terms with personal issues and then flailing around trying to put direction in his life.”

Sentencing Robinson to 16 months in prison, Judge Anthony Lancaster said: “You have, I believe, little insight into your offending and display a high risk of re-offending, until you address your drug habit.”