Man stole alcohol from Tesco in Bury St Edmunds to feed drug habit

Ipswich Magistrates Court (stock image). PIcture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Magistrates Court (stock image). PIcture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A man has been fined £125 after stealing bottles of alcohol from Tesco in Bury St Edmunds to sell to feed his drug habit.

Christopher Patrick, 36, of Grove Road, Bury, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court today to stealing two bottles of spirits worth £67 from the supermarket at St Saviours interchange.

Prosecuting, Lucy Miller said he had been spotted by staff shortly before 10.30pm on October 7 slipping the bottles into his ruck sack and leaving without paying. “He was following by staff and detained,” she said.

He was then arrested and taken to Bury Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

In mitigation, Declan Gallagher said Patrick had planned to sell the alcohol for cash to fund his drug habit.


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He said his client had recently been stranded in Sudbury for four days so had lost his methadone prescription.

Patrick was fined £125 and made to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.

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