Man stole after benefits stopped

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man stole from two shops because his benefits had been stopped and he wanted to buy alcohol.

Stephen Smith, unemployed, 47, of Walter Robinson Court, Layton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft and breaching a 12 month conditional discharge for shoplifting.

He was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £25 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Smith stole healing (CRCT) oil valued at £37 from TK Maxx on July 2. Then on July 21, he took tins worth £22 from Home Bargains.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Smith was desperate because his benefits had been stopped. At the time of the offence he wanted alcohol, but he is now free of drink.

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