Time given to address drug problem
A man who stole more than $1000 worth of items from a Geraldton chemist has been given a chance to address his drug issues before sentencing.
Robbie Wayne Crutcher, 41, appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to stealing.
The incident occurred on October 16 last year when Crutcher stole items including Gucci perfume and bottles of aftershave from a chemist. A co-accused, who has pleaded not guilty, was also allegedly involved.
Crutcher said he was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time but had been trying to address his drug issues.
“I’ve been attending drug and alcohol counselling for about six weeks . . . there were a few things going on at the time,” he said.
The court was told Crutcher had been out of trouble for several years before the incident.
He was placed on the Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime to continue to address his treatment needs before sentencing.
Magistrate Donna Webb said she would place him on the program for eight weeks. “If you do that well, then it could have an impact on your penalty,” she said.
His bail was extended with a $500 personal undertaking and he was ordered to report to Adult Community Corrections.