Dad admits stealing hat, food and alcohol

Neil McMillan appeared at Grantham Magistrates' Court on March 15 charged with theft of a hat, alcohol and food.

Neil McMillan appeared at Grantham Magistrates' Court on March 15 charged with theft of a hat, alcohol and food.

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A DAD who walked into a store wearing a stolen hat with the security tag hanging out was given a 12 month conditional discharge by Grantham Magistrates’ Court.

Neil McMillan, 28, of Range Road, Grantham, admitted taking the hat from Next in Sankt Augustin Retail Park, Grantham, on February 16.

He also admitted stealing groceries and alcohol from the Co-op in Dysart Road. And committing a bail act offence after he failed to attend court last week.

McMillan was drunk when he went into the Co-op on February 19 and put £33 worth of alcohol and food into a basket before walking out without paying.

Prosecuting, Daniel Paulson, said: “He concealed the basket behind another customer and left with the shopping.”

Three days previously McMillan was seen in Sports Direct, in Sankt Augustin Retail Park, wearing a stolen hat with the tag still on it. The £17 hat had been stolen from the shop next door. Rob Arthur, defending, said McMillan was trying to combat his alcohol problems but had turned to drink after his father’s murderer, Mark Lee, escaped from prison.

Mr Arthur said: “He accepts that it was the result of seeing Mark Lee’s face in the Grantham Journal. He had never seen his face before. It sent him back over the edge.”

The appeal to trace Lee was published in the Journal on February 17, the day after McMillan stole the hat.

McMillan, who has been treated at the Beaconsfield Centre, has dissocial personality disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. He was not ordered to pay costs.