King’s Lynn man stole face cream after benefits axe

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man with 23 previous convictions for theft stole face cream and a bike in order to sell them after his benefits were stopped.

Magistrates also heard how CCTV footage showed Raymond James pouring paint over a car belonging to another resident in his street.

James, 57, of Seven Sisters Close, Lynn, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and one count of criminal damage when he appeared in court yesterday.

The latter charge also placed him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed last month for two other theft offences.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said the latest thefts had happened on July 22 and 23, ahead of James’ last court appearance.

In the first incident, James stole seven boxes of Loreal face cream, worth a total of £94.50, from the Boots store on the High Street.

The following day, he stole a bike which had been locked to a lamp post in Wootton Road. He used a hammer and chisel to break the lock, the court heard.

Three of the face cream products and the bike were subsequently found when police visited James’ home.

On the creams, James told them: “I’ve sold the rest. That’s all I’ve got left.”

He also told them he had intended to sell the bike because his benefits had been stopped following a spell in the care of the town’s Fermoy unit.

Mr Harold told the court that James had 23 previous convictions for theft. The most recent were recorded on July 25, two days after the bike offence.

He added that CCTV recorded him pouring white paint on a car parked at another property on Seven Sisters Close on the evening of August 12.

He said the paint caused permanent damage to the vehicle, though James disputed that in a police interview.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said a pre-sentence report would be needed.

But she stressed her client had not committed any further thefts since these incidents.

James was bailed to return to court on September 16 for sentencing.

He was warned that all sentencing options would be kept open.