Shoplifter broke drinking ban within 90 minutes

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A shoplifter who owes the courts just under £1,400 was found drinking in Boston an hour-and-a-half after being banned from doing it by police.

Arturis Kurdanis, 26, of Rose Place, Boston, appeared in custody at Boston Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of theft – one of groceries worth £6.50 from the Co-operative on Monday, May 6, and one of alcohol worth £6.98 from B&M Stores last Tuesday.

It was revealed he had been given police bail after being arrested in the afternoon of the second offence on condition of not drinking alcohol in a public place, however, an hour-and-a-half later, at about 6.30pm, police found him drinking in the Market Place and placed him in custody.

Prosecuting Jim Clare said: “One of the reasons for the conditional bail was because police felt that was the reason for his behaviour.”

Defending, Liz Hart said Kurdanis, who was employed as part of a landworking team but was not working at the time of his appearance, had previously completed community orders – however, they were ‘punctuated by further court appearances for being drunk and disorderly’.

But she added, Kurdanis said he did not feel there was a problem with his drinking and said that could be a ‘factor limiting the possible options to the court’.

She said Kurdanis had a number of outstanding fines and said there ‘must be hundreds and hundreds of pounds outstanding’ – it was later confirmed the total owed came to just under £1,400 – to the court.

Magistrates ordered Kurdanis to pay compensation to the value of the stolen goods to each of the stores and gave him a conditional discharge.