Grantham court: Men stole bottles of spirits

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Two men admitted stealing five bottles of spirits from Grantham’s Marks & Spencer store.

Anthony Holmes, 34, of Edward Street, Grantham, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on June 18, and will be sentenced on September 10 when he is due to appear before Grantham magistrates again for other matters.

In the meantime he remains on conditional bail not to enter the Marks & Spencer store on London Road.

His co-defendant, Charles Pinchbeck, 46, of Wood Avenue, Boston, also pleaded guilty, and was sentenced following a report by the probation service.

Detailing the events on June 18, prosecutor Daniel Pietryka said that the two men entered the supermarket and Pinchbeck selected the bottles worth a total of £103.60, before placing some of them and their security tags in a wheeled suitcase.

Meanwhile Holmes acted as a distraction, and told members of staff to “f**k off”.

Several members of staff got involved but the men ran out of the store and disappeared around the corner.

Both men were subsequently arrested and interviewed, with Pinchbeck making a full admission whereas Holmes initally denied the theft.

By committing this offence Pinchbeck breached a conditional discharge. Giving a pre-sentence report to magistrates, Kiran Patel, of the Probation Service, said: “He tells me that he was threatened by Mr Holmes, who said to him ‘I’m going to smash your face in if you don’t take those bottles’”.

Mr Patel added that since moving from Grantham to Boston, and securing a job as a vegetable picker, Pinchbeck felt that he could get on with his life.

He added that while Pinchbeck had for many years battled drug addiction, he didn’t actually drink alcohol, despite the items that had been stolen.

Pincbeck was given a conditional discharge lasting 12 months, and must pay a £150 criminal court charge, £85 in prosecution costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.