Grantham court: Unemployed thief tried to steal razor blades in shoebox

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A thief tried to steal razor blades from a Grantham store in a foil-lined shoebox to stop triggering the alarms.

George James Paterson, 38, of Commercial Road, Grantham, admitted stealing two packets of razor blades worth £39.18 from Sainsbury’s on March 7.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said Paterson was seen by a store detective putting the razor blades in the shoebox and was challenged.

The stolen blades were recovered. Mr Todd said there had been 106 offences reported against Paterson.

Defending, Mr Edwards told the court that it was an “unsophisticated theft”. He said Paterson was on benefits and had financial difficulties. He was in debt and had been threatened with the bailiffs. He said: “Foolishly he took this way out to solve his problems.”

The court heard that Paterson was trying to turn his life around and was hoping to start up a painting and decorating business with the help of the Prince’s Trust, having prepared a business plan.

Magistrates handed Paterson a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.