Thefts at shops blamed on drugs

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A SERIAL shoplifter stole goods so she could resell them and buy drugs to block out her horrendous childhood.

Suzanne Boyle, 23, formerly of Holmfield Road, North Shore, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to seven thefts and one offence of failing to answer bail.

She was found guilty of breaching a suspended prison sentence imposed for shoplilfting after a trial in her absence.

She was sentenced to 14 months supervision, plus a seven months drug rehabilition course and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said Boyle had stolen goods from seven shops in Blackpool between June 20 and October 17.

The offences involved almost £700 of goods and included £300 of toiletries from Spar and two jackets valued at £140 from Marks and Spencer.

A drugs counsellor told magistrates she felt the reason Boyle used drugs was to block out her horrendous childhood.

It was felt Boyle was almost frightened to give up drugs as they blocked her past.

Steven Townley, defending, said: “For the first time ever she is showing motivation to change.

“She has gone cold turkey and stopped taking drugs.”

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