Grantham court: Man with no money stole hair straighteners

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A man who stole a box of hair straighteners must pay compensation because they have not been recovered.

Jan Vlcek, 29, who gave a care of address of Norton Street, Grantham, admitted stealing the straighteners from Sally Hair and Beauty on March 21.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told the court that Vlcek entered the store with another male who also stole a box of hair straighteners. Staff noticed the boxes missing after the men had left. They were arrested on March 26 and admitted going to the store to steal. Vlcek told police he did not know where the straighteners were and these had not been recovered.

Defending, Rory Macmillan said Vleck, who was single with no children, had had a long-stranding problem with heroin and had received help from DART. Drug tests had been negative for the last two months.

Mr Macmillan said Vlcek had lost his job three months ago when he was made redundant by PAS. After his arrest he told police all about his accomplice. He had been living with the other person who was unhappy about Vlcek having no money. Vlcek then “foolishly” went with the other man to steal the items.

The court heard that Vlcek had breached a nine-month community order.

Magistrates gave Vlcek another six-month community order to run alongside the current order and ordered him to do 60 hours of unpaid work. He was told to pay compensation of £64.99 for the stolen item and pay a victim surcharge of £60.