A ‘desperate’ man and his friend have each received a six month conditional discharge after stealing groceries and alcohol.
Miroslaw Kruc, 46, of South End, Boston, and Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, 50, of no fixed abode, both appeared at Boston Magistrates Court, on Wednesday, charged with theft from Asda totalling about £53.
Prosecutor Jim Claire said the pair were caught on store CCTV in the afternoon of Sunday, May 11, ‘acting suspicious and secreting items about their person’.
He said they were stopped outside and all items were recovered, adding that they both admitted what they had done at the earliest opportunity.
Defending, Roger Lowther said Wyrzykowski, who was in tears in court, had ‘hit rock bottom’ recently and had become homeless and ‘sleeping in bushes’.
He had also lost his wife earlier in the year.
He said: “He was unemployed, not able to claim benefits and he had no means whatsoever - any goods he did have he had sold in order to assist with day to day living.
“He found himself in a desperate situation.”
He said Wyrzykowski felt he had no other option.
Kruc, he said, had only wanted to help his friend but didn’t have the money to give him, so decided to help him with the theft.
He had also stolen two bottles of Martini to drink and ‘help his friend forget his situation’.
He said both defendents felt ashamed of what they had done and thought it was a ‘foolish enterprise’.
As well as the conditional discharge Magistrates ordered the pair to each pay £25 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.