Man with no cash took goods

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man stole from a shop because he had no benefit money for four weeks, a magistrates’ court was told.

Stephen Smith, 47, of Walter Robinson Court, admitted a charge of theft.

He was given a two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Don Green, prosecuting, said Smith took corned beef and leather goods valued at £49 from the PoundStretcher store on December 19 last year.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Smith’s benefits had been stopped and he had no money for four weeks as a result.

He stole so he could sell the items and get cash for heating, lighting and food, he added.

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