Grantham drug offender stole £2,000 in cash police gave him by mistake

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A man who pocketed over £2,000 he was mistakenly given by police has been convicted of theft after he was unable to repay the cash.

Shane Woods, 28, of Castlegate, Grantham, received the money due to a clerical error but then blew the entire amount over a weekend.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Woods was supposed to have been given £270 when he visited Grantham Police Station.

The money was part of £2,472 which had been confiscated from Woods as the proceeds of crime arising out of earlier court proceedings when Woods was convicted of a drugs offence.

A decision was subsequently made that £270 genuinely belonged to Woods and was not connected with crime.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that as a result Woods went to Grantham Police Station to receive the money but instead of being given £270 he was handed the full amount of £2,472.

After the error was discovered Woods was told he would not face charges if he repaid the money within six months but when he failed to pay he was taken to court.

Woods admitted a charge of theft. He was given a community order with a six month night-time curfew and fined a nominal sum of £1.

Recorder Richard Jones QC told him: “You realised the money was not yours and you went and splashed it in one weekend of considerable expenditure.

“This is a peculiar case. I accept considerable temptation was placed in your way. You were suffering considerable financial constraints and the money was handed over to you.”

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said “It was an error on the police’s part that put temptation in his path.”