In-debt Scunthorpe man stole to feed his dog and himself
A SHOPLIFTER who was foiled after a bungled thieving spree claimed he was desperate to "feed himself and his dog", a court heard.
Matthew Hinson, 26, of Selby Court, Scunthorpe, admitted stealing a shaver, valued at £199.99, from Boots on January 25.
Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire Magistrates' Court that Hinson slipped a shaver in a bag after taking a security tag off at the shop in High Street, Scunthorpe.
He was later arrested after CCTV was viewed, she said.
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He claimed he was "stealing to feed himself and his dog", said Mrs Wilson.
Hinson also asked for two theft offences from the Co-operative and Superdrug stores to be considered.
Jason Nicholson, mitigating, said Hinson had previously been an alcoholic but had successfully tackled his drink problem.
He stole because he had considerable debts, he said.
Unemployed Hinson was given 80 hours' unpaid work and was ordered to pay £220 compensation and a Government- imposed £60 victims' surcharge.