A 67-year-old man, with numerous previous convictions for shoplifting, stole because it was his way of coping with crises in his life, a court has been told.
Christopher Robin Beal of The Old Post Office, Town Street, South Somercotes, admitted stealing £8 worth of food and confectionary from Morrison’s in Louth on November 4 when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Nicholas Alderson, for Beal, said he was a man who had had a ‘thoroughly responsible career throughout his life but who periodically steals from shops’.
Mr Alderson said Beal’s crimes coincided with crises in his life and he had had counselling to help him.
“Here is a man who needs supervision to help him deal with the crises in his life and avoid these things happening in the future,” he told Skegness Magistrates Court.
Barbara Newman, for the Probation Service, said that Beal was not sure why he committed offences.
She said that he used it as coping behaviour when he is stressed.
She said that the latest offence occurred at the time of his divorce and was a ‘cry for help’.
The magistrates imposed a six month community order with supervision.
The Skegness magistrates ordered Beal to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.