Grantham court: Addict on shoplifting charges

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A 33-year-old with a long-standing heroin addiction pleaded guilty to committing three seperate shop thefts from Grantham stores.

Martin Read, of Harlaxton Road, Grantham entered guilty pleas to stealing an unknown quantity of meat from Sainsbury’s on January 17, and to taking electric razors from Wilkinsons on both February 13 and 23.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka outlined how the defendant had been seen stealing meat from the London Road supermarket and then making off on a bike, despite the attempts of various members of staff to stop him.

With regards to the thefts in Wilkinsons, Read was identified taking razors without paying on CCTV.

Giving evidence to the court, Chris Payne from the probation service said Read’s dependency on heroin was long-standing, having been in and out of treatment for over ten years.

However Mr Payne said Read was ‘motivated to address his drug issues’, and an assessment by Addaction had recommended that he be subscribed medication and be made subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Representing Read, Stuart Wild said that when his client last appeared before court charged with the two Wilkinsons thefts, he had brought the Sainsbury’s offence to his solicitor’s attention, which he said: “Indicated he wanted help.”

Mr Wild also explained that Read had for years been in full-time employment at a store, but a dispute over money with his sister resulted in a ‘relapse’ and he was now claiming job seeker’s allowance.

Read was sentenced to a six month community order with a six month drug rehabilitation requirement. He must also pay compensation to Wilkinsons of £20, prosecution costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £60.