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Man stole alcohol from Llanidloes store to feed drink and drug addictions

Published date: 16 July 2017 |
Published by: Court Reporter
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A man who stole alcohol worth more than £150 from Llanidloes Co-op said he did so to feed his long-term drink and drug addictions.

Jan Peter Lindstrand, 25, of Llys Afallen, Trehafren, Newtown, admitted the theft at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, told the court that on June 13, a member of staff at the store noticed a number of high value bottles of spirits were missing from the shelves.

CCTV footage was viewed and Lindstrand could be seen placing two bottles of Grey Goose vodka, one bottle of Ciroc vodka and two bottles of Captain Morgan’s Rum in a bag and leaving the shop without paying.

When arrested and interviewed, Lindstrand admitted taking the bottles. He said he had drunk some of the alcohol and exchanged some for drugs.

Robert Hanratty, defending, said: “He has been struggling for a period of time with a drink and drug related problem.

“He is getting to grips with that and working closely with Kaleidoscope. He is very upbeat about the future.

“The offence was solely motivated by the desire to get alcohol and drugs.”

Mr Hanratty asked the magistrates to consider a discharge rather than a community order, adding: “I know he has got problems but we are not social services at the end of the day.”

This was agreed by the magistrates, who gave Lindstrand a 12 month conditional discharge.

He must pay £156 compensation to the Co-op, as well as £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.

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