Vodka theft to pay debt is seen as ‘a blip’

A DESPERATE bid to repay a debt apparently drove a man to steal vodka from Boston’s Somerfield store, town magistrates heard last week.

John Perry, 38, from Boston, has a prolific history of offending, the court was told, but he had managed to get his life back on track before this offence on May 23, when he took three bottles of vodka valued at £66.15.

However, he was struggling to repay a debt and decided to steal from the London Road store to try to make up the funds, his solicitor Liz Harte said.

The Middlecott Close resident admitted theft from a shop when he appeared before magistrates last Wednesday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Perry and another man had gone into the store, taken the bottles and walked out without paying.

They were caught on CCTV, but Perry was the only person who was identified.

In mitigation, Miss Harte said the theft was driven by circumstance, adding: “He wanted to get things sorted and was driven to this rather desperate act to do so.”

Magistrates agreed to class the offences as ‘a blip’ and gave Perry a conditional discharge for 12 months.

He also has to pay £66.15 in compensation and £45 towards court costs.