Skegness man jailed for drug related theft

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A Skegness man has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for breaking into his mother’s home and stealing £30 in cash.

James Thomas Kitchen, 32, formerly of Sandbeck Avenue but now in custody in Lincoln Prison, had admitted the burglary at a previous hearing, as well as failing to surrender to bail.

Further charges of possessing heroin on November 15 at Skegness with intent to supply and also of possessing heroin at Wainfleet St Mary on August 1 with intent to supply, both last year, were put to Kitchen and to which he entered no plea.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told Skegness Magistrates that Kitchen broke into his estranged mother’s house in Cavendish Road, Skegness on May 15 through a ground floor window and stole £30 from an ornamental jug in the lounge.

When his mother returned to the house, she knew that her son must have done it as no one else would have known where the cash was kept, Mr Clare told the court.

Kitchen was seen by police two days later and admitted he had stolen the money as he had a drugs debt.

Mr Clare told the magistrates that Kitchen was in custody on other burglary matters and was due before the Crown Court on September 13.

Sentencing Kitchen to two weeks custody on the burglary charge, they also remanded him for trial to Lincoln Crown Court on the alleged drugs offences, to tie in with the burglary offences for which he is already awaiting trial.

They gave no separate penalty for the offence of failing to surrender to bail on June 18.