Duo stole washing detergent to sell on for food and fags

A DUO who stole more than £30 worth of washing detergent sold the items so they could buy food and cigarettes, magistrates heard last 

Vita Lazdina and Igors Selepjonoks, both of Trinity Street, Boston, got £10 in return for the four bottles of Ariel, which they took from the Co-op in West Street on August 16, which they used to buy food and cigarettes.

They returned to the store the following day to steal fruit, cakes and sweets.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to theft from a shop when they appeared before Boston magistrates on Wednesday

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said they were caught by CCTV cameras taking the washing detergent, worth a total of £33.56, and they were stopped when they went into the shop the following day, after the cameras once again caught them stealing and they were identified as the culprits from the previous day.

Both had been before the court recently for similar offences.

Mark Hudson, defending, said both Lazdina, 23, and Selepjonoks, 34, had recently started work but had not yet been paid, and they had no money to buy food.

He added: “Both are now working and, therefore, in future there should be no need for them to resort to petty theft.”

Lazdina and Selepjonoks were both fined £140 and each ordered to pay £85 costs, £15 victim surcharge and £16.78 compensation.