Heavy drinker from Burton Stather stole ex-girlfriend's laptop
A HEAVY drinker stole and sold his ex-girlfriend's laptop to raise more money for alcohol, a court heard.
Richard Warner, 35, of Stather Road, Burton-Upon-Stather, admitted stealing a laptop valued at £400 from Deborah Lavery between January 4 and 7.
He also admitted being drunk and disorderly on February 20.
Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire magistrates that Miss Lavery ordered a laptop online but did not receive it. When she checked with the company, she was told that it had been delivered to her home and signed for.
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She suspected Warner was involved and alerted the police, the court heard, and he later admitted he had sold it.
The drunk and disorderly incident happened when he went to Scunthorpe police station and started shouting and swearing while unsteady on his feet, said Mrs Wilson.
David Rix, mitigating, said the theft was a "mean and shallow" offence and said Warner had sold the laptop to finance his drinking problem.
Sentencing on Warner, who is unemployed, was deferred until May 23 so that he can prove he can stay out of trouble.