Man shoplifted to fund his drug habit
A MAN who shoplifted to fund a drug habit, stole his flatmate’s large 60-inch television but left a small portable set in its place which didn’t work.
Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard how Nathan Edward Deboeck committed five thefts from shops in the town and swiped his friend’s television and hi-fi system.
The offences totalled £1,295.99 and took place between September 25 last year and July 15 this year.
Deboeck, of Hansen Street, Butetown, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared in the dock on Thursday.
Prosecutor Catherine Miles said the first offence on September 25, 2017, was at the Verve Cafe in Llanelli when Deboeck made off with a tips jar containing £30.
This was followed on January 4, when his then flatmate in Llanelli returned home to find her 60-inch Hitachi television worth £250 gone and replaced with a small portable one which was not in working order.
Miss Miles said: “A note had been left by the defendant that said he had taken the television for repair, but the flatmate never heard back from him about where the television was.
“Also missing was her Samsung hi-fi system worth £375.”
In July of this year, Deboeck entered the Boots store in Llanelli and took electronic items and toiletries including a Phillips shaver, all worth £200.99.
Two days later he targeted Mark & Spencer in Trostre Retail Park and made off with meats totalling £400 and Miss Miles said he was caught on CCTV.
Then on July 15, Deboeck went to the town’s Asda supermarket and stole Gillete razor blades worth £40.
A report from probation officer Julie Norman heard Deboeck had “a class A drugs issue that had taken over his life.”
Magistrates fined Deboeck £50 for the thefts and gave him a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £400 to Marks & Spencer, £625 to his former flatmate and £30 to the Verve Cafe, along with £85 court costs and £85 victim surcharge.