Man stole from King’s Lynn shop out of drug ‘desperation’, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A drug user who stole from a Lynn shop three days before Christmas “perhaps needs a kick up the backside” to address his habit, magistrates were told this week.

Ben Reeve, 38, of Sir Lewis Street, North Lynn, will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to a single charge of theft during a hearing on Monday.

The court heard that Reeve had been seen on CCTV entering the Game store in the centre of Lynn on December 22 last year.

Once inside, he selected and concealed a Playstation 4 game controller before leaving without paying.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said Reeve later admitted the offence when interviewed by police, telling officers he had done it out of “desperation” because of his heroin habit.

Tim Bartlam, mitigating, said his client was now working with the Norfolk Recovery Partnership and would welcome a drug rehabilitation review order.

He said: “He is now very much realising he needs to address these problems himself but perhaps he needs a kick up the backside.”

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until March 13 for reports to be prepared. Reeve was released on conditional bail until that date.