Man admits pocketing batteries from Boots

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STEALING batteries from a High Street store landed a 50-year-old man in court.

Leslie Smith, of St Mary’s Close, Wilsford, admitted theft of batteries worth £6.99 from Boots in Grantham.

Mark Holmes, prosecuting, told the court Smith paid for other items but attempted to leave without paying for the batteries.

When confronted, he had simply forgot to pay.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Smith is on disability allowance due to a crushed vertebrae caused by an industrial accident 20 years ago when he was working on the Financial Times building in London.

Mr Macmillan added: “He says he has been struggling with money and succumbed to temptation to take things on the spur of the moment.

“He regrets his actions.”

Smith was told his case would be adjourned until December 14 for reports. The reports could not be completed on the day due to the industrial action.

Smith must return to court on December 14. He was bailed with the condition not to enter Boots in Grantham.