Valentine’s gift proves a £255 heart-breaker

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A VALENTINE’S Day gift of a teddy bear which should have cost £5.99 ended up costing a hopeless romantic £225.99 following a trip to court.

Lithuanian national Audrius Puntusevicius of Railway Terrace, Grantham, admitted stealing the teddy bear on a romantic whim from Card Factory in Grantham.

Kate Macmillan, defending, said Puntusevicius picked up a card and the teddy bear and then paid for the card before leaving the shop without paying for the latter.

Mrs Macmillan said: “It was Valentine’s Day and he had taken it as a present for his partner.

“He had the money to pay for it as he had paid for the card but, as it was tucked under his arm, he completely forgot about it being there.

“He explained to police he was extremely tired as he had just finished working a night shift.”

Mrs Macmillan said Puntusevicius, 26, realised he had not paid for the item after he had left the shop but did not go back.

She described the defendant as a “hard-working man” and said his offence was “out of character for him”.

Puntusevicius was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 in costs. He must also pay £5.99 in compensation to Card Factory for the teddy bear as well as a £15 surcharge.