Poverty and desperation blamed for bid to steal from Asda

POVERTY and desperation allegedly caused a man to try and steal over £400 worth of goods from Boston’s Asda.

Andrius Pilipias, 30, tried to walk out of the store on Lister Way with a trolley piled with food, toiletries and clothes without paying on June 5, but he was stopped by security staff outside the store, the crown told Boston Magistrates’ Court.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to steal £417.35 worth of goods from the store when he stood before the bench on Wednesday.

Mitigating, Phillipa Chatterton said Pilipias, of Tunnard Street, Boston and his housemates were not in work and had no money at all. He had stolen some of the items so the group could eat, and others so they could be sold to raise money for food and rent.

Magistrates fined him £150 and charged him £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.