A man who stole women’s clothing from a Lynn store was looking for Christmas presents at the time, magistrates have heard.
Darrell Cousins, 39, of Anmer Terrace, Lynn, pleaded two charges of theft when he appeared in court in the town on Wednesday.
The bench heard he had stolen clothes from Matalan in Blackfriars Road on December 6 last year and meat from the Morrisons store in Coburg Street, Lynn, on January 31 this year.
Mitigating solicitor George Sorrell said the cases stemmed from Cousins’ financial difficulties.
He said of the first case: “He was, in essence, doing Christmas shoplifting and was trying to collect presents for people.”
Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, earlier told the court that Cousins had been stopped outside the premises on both occasions and the stolen property was recovered.
He was given an 18 month conditional discharge on each offence and ordered to pay £50 costs, plus a £15 victim surcharge.
n A recovering drug user bypassed the meter in order to avoid paying for electricity as he had run out of money.
Adrian Yard, 42, admitted the single charge in a further hearing on Wednesday.
Magistrates heard police were called to an address in Parkway, Gaywood on October 26 last year to execute a search warrant.
They found two wires had been placed in the live terminals of the electricity meter in order to bypass it.
Yard admitted the offence when interviewed, the bench heard.
Mitigating solicitor David Chapple said Yard, now of Ingleside, Snettisham, had relapsed into using heroin around the time of the incident as he had run out of money.
However, he is now on a detox programme.
Yard was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £366.89 compensation for the power which was abstracted.