Man from Skegness stole cosmetics to pay for alcohol

A Skegness man stole cosmetics in order to buy alcohol so he could continue to drink, having spent all his money on alcohol the previous evening.

Boston Magistrates Court
Boston Magistrates Court

Desmond Scott, 58, of Prince Alfred Avenue, Skegness admitted theft when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said Scott went into Boots in Lumley Road at 8.30am on February 20, took £121 worth of cosmetics and left the store without paying, being identified on cctv later.

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She said he had last been convicted for four charges of shop theft in September 2019.

Mitigating, Mark Hudson said Scott had quarrelled with his partner and had started drinking the previous evening. Scott had simply wanted to continue to drink but had no money left so he had gone into Boots and had stolen the cosmetics.

The magistrates advised Scott to go to an alcohol advisory organisation, ordered him to pay £121 in compensation and court costs of £85.