Hapless thief stuffed electric drill down his trousers and hid batteries in armpits

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HIDING a drill in his trousers landed a man with a £65 fine after he was spotted by staff at B&Q in Grantham.

Ian Tilford, 41, of Shelley Avenue, Grantham, admitted trying to steal the drill, batteries and plastic tubing from the store on December 18.

Tilford, who was working as a handyman at the time, went to the shop in London Road at 10.35am after the drill he was using to fit a bathroom broke.

He was seen taking the drill out of the box and putting it down his trousers, he then hid the batteries under his arms and plastic tubing around his jacket.

He was stopped outside the shop and the items were recovered in a re-saleable condition.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said Tilford admitted that he needed the tool for the job so he decided to take a chance and steal one.

Rob Arthur, defending, said he was trying to earn an income and could not afford to buy a new drill.

He said: “He didn’t want to let the people down who he was replacing the bathroom for.”

Magistrate Susan Painter, who fined Tilford and ordered him to pay £15 victim surcharge, said: “This was a really stupid thing to do.

“If you come back to court again we can’t keep treating it as a one off.”