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Heroin addict admits to theft

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man who admitted stealing when he had a heroin habit wanted a fresh start, a court was told.

Robert Lindsay, 34, of Grasmere Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft of steak and attempting to steal a drill.

He was sentenced to an eight weeks curfew from 9pm to 7am and ordered to pay £25 compensation with £40 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said staff at B&Q saw Lindsay open a secure drill box and put a drill aside to take later on September 14.

When confronted he was rude to staff and left, but scenes of crime officers found his fingerprint on the drill box.

On September 21, Lindsay was caught on CCTV stealing five packets of steak valued at £25 from the Co-op Shop, Coronation Street.

Sarah McIntyre, defending, said her client was stealing to fund a heroin habit, but he now wanted a fresh start.

He was now on a drug rehabilitation course.

Lindsay’s probation officer said he was doing well on the course and had recently had two negative tests for drugs.

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