Time given to ad­dress drug prob­lem

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

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.

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