Former soldier from Mablethorpe fined for stealing two cans of lager from Sutton on Sea Spar

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A former soldier who stole two cans of lager from a Spar shop, has been fined by magistrates at Skegness.

Wayne Stanley Buckley, 28, of Trusthorpe Road, Mablethorpe, admitted stealing the lager from the Spar in High Street, Sutton on Sea on May 23.

The court heard that he was seen acting suspiciously in the store and when the cctv images were viewed, he was seen to steal the lager.

An officer recognised him from the pictures and he was arrested.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the magistrates that Buckley had 35 previous convictions and was subject to a community order due to run until next November.

In defence, Gordon Holt said that Buckley left the Army in 2007 after five years service, but that alcohol had always been a problem and he was in an alcohol treatment programme.

He said that Buckley’s younger brother had been very ill in May and had subsequently died in June and this had triggered a fresh bout of drinking by Buckley.

He said Buckley had been drinking the night before the offence and had gone to the store to buy more alcohol but when he discovered he had no money he had stolen it.

Buckley was fined £70 and ordered to pay £85 in costs, a £20 victim surcharge and pay compensation of £5.76 to the Spar.