Grantham court: Coffee stolen by unemployed man

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An unemployed man stole a jar of coffee from B&M Bargains.

Ruben Da Silva, 35, of Norton Street, Grantham, admitted the theft from the store on March 25.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka said Da Silva took the jar out of the store without paying. It was later recovered. CCTV showed him putting the jar in a bag. He made no comment to police.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith told the court that a single item worth about £5 was taken. He said Da Silva last worked around Christmas and he had had problems getting benefits.

Mr Pye-Smith said: “He took the coffee for his own use because he wanted some coffee and nothing more complicated than that.”

The court was told that Da Silva had breached a conditional discharge for an attempted theft in June last year.

Magistrates fined Da Silva £75 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £20. No costs were ordered.