Man shoplifted to fund his drug habit

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

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.

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