‘Desperate’ addict stole five-year-old’s Christmas gift of iPod for drugs

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A recovering drug addict stole a five-year-old boy’s iPod – a Christmas gift – because he was ‘desperate’ after missing his methadone prescription.

Casey Kenneth Bloom, 21, of Townend Avenue, Aston, near Sheffield, appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with theft. He pleaded guilty.

Prosecutor Jim Clare said the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had received the silver and black fourth generation iPod in question for Christmas.

On December 27, the boy and his mother visited a friend at an address in Boston, where Bloom was also staying .

It was here the iPod was discovered missing and looked for by family and friends – including Bloom.

Magistrates heard that the mother later called Cash Generator and was told a man matching Bloom’s description had attempted to sell an iPod but they refused to take it because the man seemed ‘unable to work it’.

Mr Clare told the court that when confronted by the mother Bloom said he had sold the iPod to a man on the street.

He said he would return or replace the iPod, but, the mother refused..

Mike Alexander, defending, said Bloom had been on a methadone prescription but that it had ‘failed’ leaving him ‘rattling’ and ‘desperate’.He admitted Bloom had two previous convictions for theft.

He said Bloom had moved to Sheffield to get away and is getting help for his addiction.

Magistrates revoked two previous community orders and replaced them with a single one for 12 months with a six month supervision and drugs rehabilitation requirement.

They ordered him to pay £189 compensation and £85 court costs with a £60 victim surcharge.