Colne thief's £100 stealing spree

The defendant has a record for burglary, damage, and battery.
The defendant has a record for burglary, damage, and battery.
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A shoplifter struck repeatedly after he "drifted back into drugs," a court was told.

Burnley magistrates heard how Richard Lyall (33) pinched a DVD player and Bluetooth speaker to the tune of £75 from Sainsbury's in Colne on January 2nd. Three days later, on January 5th, he helped himself to three packets of steak worth £11 from the Co-op in Colne.

He finished the spree on January 8th when he stole a Remington shaver worth £22.99 from B&M Bargains, again in Colne. The steaks were not recovered

Lyall committed the offences before he was recently given a conditional discharge and he was now said to be "back on the straight and narrow," and complying with the court order.

The defendant, of Allendale Street in Colne, admitted three counts of theft. Lyall, who has a record for burglary, damage, and battery, must pay £11 compensation.

Bench chairman, Mrs Janet Pickup, said the conditional discharge was imposed two days after the last of the three offences before the court. She added: "If the offences had been taken into consideration they would have all been part of the conditional discharge."