Louth man stole from Tesco on the day he was released from prison


A Louth man stole £126 worth of goods from Tesco as presents for his family on the day he was released from prison, a court has been told.

Craig Chappell, 28, of Keddington Road, admitted theft of on the items when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates heard that Chappell had been given a 14 day prison sentence for failing to pay court fines and was released on April 22, when he decided to give his family some presents, which he stole from Tesco in Lincoln.

The court also heard that he had breached an existing community order imposed in April by failing to turn up for unpaid work and also failing to turn up for an employment, training and education appointment.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said Chappell had suffered from difficulties in the breakdown of a relationship, had stopped working, and started drinking.

He said that his conviction of theft from Tesco was his first for theft.

Mr Holt said: “Three months on, things are better. He is not drinking and he is looking for work.”

The magistrates imposed an additional 10 hours of unpaid work for breaching the community order, and also imposed an additional six months order with 40 hours of unpaid work.

A charge of assaulting his former partner was withdrawn, and the court issued a restraining order to Chappell.

He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.