Visiting cop chases down Skegness crook

A Skegness man, who stole items from a town supermarket, was chased and caught by a police officer from another area who was in Skegness on a driving course.

Martin Joseph Sharpe, 30, of Lumley Avenue, admitted theft of £30 worth of items from Morrisons in Wainfleet Road on June 3 when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last week.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Sharpe was seen to put a jar of coffee into his rucksack and leave without paying.

He was chased by an officer from West Yorkshire Police, who was in Skegness on a driving course, and arrested.

A search of his rucksack also brought to light three deodorants and three meat packs as well as the coffee, all of which he had stolen from the supermarket.

He told the officer he intended to sell the items to pay for his heroin addiction.

Mitigating, Asad Aziz said Sharpe had developed a drug addiction which had become a problem in the past three months and seemed to be getting worse.

Barbara Hartley, for the Probation Service, told the magistrates that Sharpe could refer himself voluntarily to Addaction for help without the need of a court order.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.