Grantham court: Shoplifter stole shoes and bags from TK Maxx

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A thief used a large holdall to steal up to £800 worth of shoes and handbags from TK Maxx in Grantham.

Finbar Thomas Dunne, 33, of Edward Street, Grantham, admitted stealing shoes valued between £200 and £300 from the store on August 30 and stealing handbags valued at £500 on September 2. He also admitted failing to attend court on November 6.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood said that on the first occasion Dunne went into the store carrying a large holdall and put five or six pairs of shoes in it before leaving the store. On the second occasion he went into the store with a coat over the holdall and stole the handbags. As he was leaving the alarm went off but he was not arrested until the following day.

More recently, said Mr Wood, Dunne had stolen clothing worth £166 from Sports Direct in Peterborough. The items had been recovered.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith told the court that Dunne had admitted the Peterborough theft and that should be dealt with alongside the other matters. He said Dunne had not appeared at court on November 6 because he had gone to Ireland where a close friend had died.

Mr Pye-Smith said Dunne had relapsed into drink and drug use which led to the latest offences. He was being assessed by Addaction and was motivated to deal with his problems.

The magistrates ordered Dunne to pay compensation of £700 to TK Maxx. He was also given a community order for 12 months which includes a six month drug rehabilitation order and 12 months’ supervision.

The court heard Dunne already owed the court £885 in fines and ordered him to return to a fines court on January 15.