REMOVING clothing tags in a town centre sports shop was never meant to lead to theft, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told last week.
Lucasz Biernacki, of Carlton Road, Boston, was charged with crinimal damage after he went into Sports Direct and took the tags off almost £100 worth of clothing on January 1 this year. He pleaded guilty to the offence when he stood before the court on Wednesday.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said staff had seen the 27-year-old behaving in a suspicious way, before they noticed him removing the security tags of £99.98 worth of items. When they stopped him and asked him to pay he said he did not have enough money so staff called the police.
Phillipa Chatterton, defending, said he had ‘very little or no work’ at the time of the offence. However, she added that he had not meant to steal the items. He previously pleaded not guilty to theft, but when he was charged with criminal damage he pleaded guilty.
Ms Chatterton told the court: “He accepts that he did cause damage to the clothing.”
Biernacki, who is currently remanded in custody awaiting trial for another case, was given a 12 month conditional discharge by magistrates.