Prison for ad­dict who stole per­fume while armed with a knife

COURT: Steven Flynn, who was filmed on CCTV putting boxes of fra­grances down his trousers, was found to have a lock­ing knife on him when searched by po­lice

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A per­fume thief was jailed for 20 months yes­ter­day af­ter he was caught with two An­gels down his trousers.

Steven Flynn, 30, was spot­ted steal­ing the Thierry Mu­gler fra­grance box sets by stuff­ing one down the front and the other down the back of his trousers.

He man­aged to flee from the Deben­hams store with the per­fume but was caught red-handed a short time later in Perth High Street.

Heroin ad­dict Flynn – who com­mit­ted the of­fence af­ter be­ing re­leased early from a pre­vi­ous jail term – was searched and a lock­ing knife, used for re­mov­ing se­cu­rity tags from stolen items, was found.

De­pute fis­cal John Mal­pass told Perth Sheriff Court: “A male iden­ti­fied as the ac­cused was seen in the fra­grance aisle.

“He placed an item down the front of his trousers and tried to place an­other down the rear.

“It was cap­tured on CCTV.

“The ac­cused left with­out pay­ing and the po­lice were in­formed.

“The ac­cused was found with a lock knife and two boxed sets of An­gel per­fume.”

So­lic­i­tor Paul Ralph, de­fend­ing, said: “Clearly it’s not a rea­son­able ex­cuse that he had the knife for cut­ting tags off items.

“Heroin has fully got a grip of him and he is strug­gling to find his way out of that.”

Flynn ad­mit­ted theft and pos­sess­ing a knife on Septem­ber 4.

Sheriff Wil­liam Wood said: “You are reach­ing the stage where you are spend­ing more time in prison than out.

“I un­der­stand you are a drug ad­dict and that is a dif­fi­cult thing to break but you can­not go around be­ing a nui­sance and car­ry­ing knives.”

Flynn was freed to rob Deben­hams de­spite be­ing jailed for three years in May 2016 for deal­ing drugs be­hind bars.

The same court has pre­vi­ously heard how Flynn broke into McDiarmid Park as part of a plot to smuggle £8,400 worth of heroin into Perth Prison.

He hid the drugs in­ter­nally and broke into St John­stone’s ground where he set off the alarm and waited to be ar­rested.

He knew that af­ter his ar­rest and court ap­pear­ance he would be re­manded to the prison where he was due to pass on the con­cealed drugs pack­age to oth­ers.

He was caught with the drugs in his cell.

I un­der­stand you are a drug ad­dict and that is a dif­fi­cult thing to break but you can­not go around be­ing a nui­sance and car­ry­ing knives

Heroin ad­dict Steven Flynn, 30, was sen­tenced to 20 months in prison.

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