Man stole from Marks and Spencer to pay back his mum

A BURNING desire to repay his mother money which had been lent to him forced a Boston man to steal items from a town centre shop, magistrates were told last week.

David Brocklesby claimed he took more than £100 worth of aftershave balm from Marks and Spencer in a fit of desperation, as he needed to repay his debt but had no money to do so, solicitor Andrew Goldsborough informed the bench.

The 24-year-old, of Revesby Avenue, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said officers spotted Brocklesby riding through town on a pink bicycle, and saw him a few minutes later carrying a heavily-laden bag which they suspected contained stolen goods. When they stopped him and retrieved the bag, they found it contained 11 boxes of aftershave balm worth a total of £104.50. At the same time staff at Marks and Spencer contacted police to say a person of Brocklesby’s description had stolen the items, Mr Clare added.

Mr Goldsborough said Brocklesby had been employed on the land, but work had been rained off and he had no income. He had borrowed some money from his mother, but had to pay her back as it was money for her holiday.

He added: “He was hoping he would get work to pay her back, but none materialised. He made the very stupid decision to go and steal these items from Marks and Spencer. He intended to sell them.”

Magistrates gave Brocklesby a 12-month community order with supervision from the probation service.