Wainfleet man stole £1,600 from father’s shop

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A Wainfleet man, who stole £1,600 from his father’s shop, has appeared for sentence before magistrates at Skegness.

Stephen Dodds, 29, of Market Place, had admitted theft at a previous hearing but had said he had only taken around £40.

However, a hearing before the district judge determined that he had in fact taken around £1,600.

The court was told that when his father, Paul Dodds, who ran the Good News shop in Market Place, Wainfleet, discovered that money was missing from the shop safe, he looked at cctv images and his son Stephen was seen to have taken the money on June 4.

Mitigating for Dodds, Saleem Khan said it was an opportunistic theft and had been triggered because the key was in the lock.

He said Dodds was sorry and realised it was a mean theft.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month community order and ordered Dodds to attend a thinking skills course.

He was also ordered to pay £1,600 in compensation.