Drugs debt led Sunderland shoplifter to steal whisky from Asda

Wayne Jolley outside South Tyneside Magistrates Court

Wayne Jolley outside South Tyneside Magistrates Court

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A PROLIFIC shoplifter stole 11 bottles of whiskey to sell for cash to visit his ill granddaughter.

Wayne Jolley took the trolley-load of booze from Asda, in Boldon Colliery, magistrates heard.

He was spotted loading the goods, which also included crisps and a bucket, into a Vauxhall Corsa before driving off.

The 39-year-old, of Hepburn Grove, Castletown, Sunderland, was arrested after being identified from CCTV footage of the June 8 incident.

Prosecutor Sarah Guest told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “When he was caught, he said he didn’t have the money to pay for the goods and intended to sell them.”

Jolley admitted two counts of theft and one of handling stolen goods.

The other theft was £364-worth of electrical goods from Gateshead Asda.

The court was told Jolley has been given community orders and suspended sentences for shoplifting, which he has breached.

Ruth Foster, mitigating, said his previous shoplifting was because he needed to pay off debts to loan sharks, built up through an amphetamine addiction.

She added: “You could say that he has been the author of his own misfortune by getting involved with them in the first place, but once you’re in that position it’s extremely hard to get out.

“He has now paid the debts off, but the loan sharks are still knocking on his door.”

Ms Foster said that the latest offences were committed to raise finds to fund a trip to see his granddaughter, who had been born prematurely.

She added: “While he may have not complied with orders in the past, that doesn’t mean he will not do so now.

“He isn’t in the best of health himself and has a granddaughter.

“He will do anything not to go back to prison.

“Now he is actively seeking the help of the probation service.”

Magistrates gave Jolley an eight-week jail sentence for each charge, suspended for 18 months, with supervision by the probation service.

He was also given an electronically tagged curfew between noon and midnight for three weeks, and ordered to pay compensation to Asda.

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