Theft sentence deferred

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A 21-year-old man, who stole wine and cigarettes from a local store, has had his sentence deferred for three months to see how he behaves.

Samuel Doyle, now of no fixed address but previously living in Lumley Avenue, Skegness, admitted stealing the wine, cigarettes and a box of cornflakes from the Spar shop in Burgh Road when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates’ Court last week.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said in the early afternoon of January 12, Doyle selected the items, valued at £18, and went to pay for them with a card but put it in the store’s machine the wrong way round.

When staff asked him to change the card round, he took it out and ran away.

When he was arrested, he said he had no money in his account to pay for them.

In mitigation, it was said Doyle was homeless and at one point had been sleeping in a tent on the sea front.

The court heard that Doyle was made subject to a community order in June last year and Barbara Newman, for the Probation Service, said he was responding well and had attended all his appointments.

The magistrates deferred sentence until May 1 to review his conduct and see if he could keep out of trouble, continue responding to his community order and work with the housing and employment agencies.

He was also told to save £18 by the next hearing to pay compensation for the items.