A man who tried to replace a valuable pocket watch with a cheap one at a Boston jewellers, has been ordered to carry out unpaid work for the community.
Konstautines Jevsjukovs, 43, of Horseshoe Lane, Kirton, admitted stealing a gold pocket watch and an Albert chain valued at £4,200 from Maudes Jewellers of Petticoat Lane in Boston on September 28, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.
Dan Pietryka, prosecuting, said Jevsjukovs walked into the jewellers at 12.30pm, called over a member of staff and asked the price of the pocket watch and chain.
He then pulled something out of his back pocket, dropping change on the floor, said Mr Pietryka, then turned away from the member of staff, pulled out a much less valuable watch that he had on him and put it on the counter top, before running off with the gold watch.
Shop staff caught him but he broke away and got out of the door before they were able to stop him again a short distance from the shop and brought him back.
“He had the watch in his trousers”, said Mr Pietryka.
Helen Coney, in mitigation, said there had been an element of planning’ but that it was ‘not particularly sophisticated.’, as it was obvious the other watch was never going to pass as the valuable one.
After hearing from the Probation Service, the magistrates ordered Jevsjukovs to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £170 in costs and charges.