Prison for Grantham supermarket TV thief

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Magistrates sent a man to prison after he twice stole televisions from supermarkets after receiving a suspended prison sentence.

Martin Moore of Alexandra Road, Grantham, admitted two shop thefts and breaching a suspended sentence order.

Moore stole a LG television worth £130 from Asda in Grantham on January 16 and then stole a Techwood television, also worth £130, from Morrisons in Grantham on January 22.

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, said Moore told police he was under the influence of “MCAT”, otherwise known as mephedrone, at the time of the Asda offence.

When he was arrested for the Morrisons theft he told officers he did not even want to look at the CCTV footage.

Mrs Hartley said: “He said he did not want to see it because it would just make him look like a fool.”

Rob Arthur, defending, told the court Moore, 28, had battled heroin addiction only to go on to become addicted to MCAT.

Mr Arthur added: “He is under no illusions what is likely to happen to him today.”

Moore was sentenced to a total of 22 weeks in prison - 10 weeks for the suspended sentenced and six weeks for each of the two shop thefts - to run consecutively.

Chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell said: “It will come as no great shock to you that we are sending you to prison today.

“We think there is no other appropriate way of dealing with you because of this lifestyle you are leading.

“We cannot have you going into shops and stealing all the time. It is unacceptable.”

One television was recovered while the second was sold by Moore. However, he was spared having to pay any compensation to the supermarket.

Mr McDonnell said: “When you come out you will have no finances and we want you to have a fighting chance to get yourself back on your feet.”