A 36-year-old Skegness man stole almost £100 worth of candles from a local store to pay a drugs debt, Skegness Magistrates’ Court heard last week.
Sam Vesty of Beacon Way, admitted theft of the candles, valued at £96, from Beales in Lumley Road on May 7 when he appeared before District Judge Stobart sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, told the court that he went into the court at 1.50pm, went upstairs and put the five candles into a sports bag and left the store.
He was seen by the duty manager who chased him and caught him in Grand Parade and restrained him until police arrived.
He told officers he was going to sell the candles for drugs.
The court was told Vesty was subject to two conditional discharges imposed in January for theft and was in breach of those.
Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said Vesty had an ongoing problem with drugs and was taking prescribed methadone and was attending Addaction.
She said he owed money for drugs which had been demanded from him when he was in the town and he had gone into Beales and stolen the candles to get the money.
Fining Vesty £100, Judge Stobart told him he had stolen the candles to make money so he would be taking money from him.
He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.
No action was taken over the breach of the conditional discharges.