Grantham court: Unemployed man stole clothes and meat from Sainsbury’s

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An unemployed Grantham man who stole clothing and luncheon meat from Sainsbury’s on Saturday was in breach of his bail.

Gregory Veare, 35, of Avenue Road, Grantham, admitted stealing the clothing and meat, worth a total of £38.75. He admitted the breach of bail conditions which were imposed on March 6 for two other thefts from Asda. Veare was on bail on condition he did not enter any retail premises except Morrisons and the Post office in St Peter’s Hill.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that on Saturday at 5.50pm in Sainsbury’s a security officer noticed the alarm was set off by Veare and he was brought back into the store. Inside the bag he was carrying were five items of clothing and some luncheon meat.

Mrs Wilson said it was noted that Veare was carrying the bag when he entered the store. It was half full, but when he left the store it was “very full”. Veare was shown CCTV evidence, but made no comment to police.

Mrs Wilson said Veare was on bail for the theft of two electric shavers and a coffee maker from Asda. A pre-sentence report was being prepared by the probation service.

Defending, Jane Bauer said Veare was a single unemployed man who suffered anxiety and panic attacks. He had a drink problem and was seeing Addaction, but there was no drug problem. He had his differences with people he lived with and this was the cause of his offending.

Miss Bauer said Veare hoped to move soon and so any risk of reoffending would disappear. She said Veare was taking dietary supplements because he was severely underweight.

Magistrates adjourned the case so that all matters could be heard together on March 28. Veale was granted bail on condition he did not enter any retail outlets except Morrisons in Grantham and the post office in St Peter’s Hill.