Fleet-fingered thief meats his fate

The defendant stole over 80-pounds worth of meat to fund a drug habit, Burnley magistrates court heard.
The defendant stole over 80-pounds worth of meat to fund a drug habit, Burnley magistrates court heard.
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A thrift-fingered thief who took two hauls of "easy to sell" meat from a garage was compelled to steal to fund a drug habit, a court has heard.

At around midday, the station manager noticed a gap on the shelves, identifying the defendant after consulting the footage.

At about 3.30pm on the same day, the defendant was seen taking more things and running away from the store. Two police community support officers found Rothwell near his home.

The defendant, of Claughton Street, Burnley, admitted two counts of theft, totalling £81.58. Rothwell, who struck before he was recently given a drugs programme, received a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £81.58 compensation.

Mr Mark Williams, defending, said the drug rehab requirement seemed to have had a significant impact, as it had taken away the need to fund illegal drugs and he was doing reasonably well on it.

The solicitor added : “He is very apologetic. He takes no pride in this offending.”