Serial thief stole female student’s washing - and was so drunk he can’t remember it

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A SERIAL thief walked into the laundry room of a student accommodation and stole £200 worth of clothes belonging to a female student.

Steven Walt, 57, gained entry to Dunn House, in North Bridge Street, on March 6, last year, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

You are 57 years old and this is your 95th conviction.

District Judge Roger Elsey

Prosecutor Paul Anderson, said: “The complainant in the case is a student who lives in student accommodation at Dunn House.

“She had placed a large amount of clothing in a communal washing machine at 10pm. She returned the following morning and realised they had gone missing.”

The court heard Walt was seen on CCTV footage attending the premises empty handed, but left carrying bags.

When he was arrested he said he could not remember anything due to his “numerous problems related to alcoholism”, Mr Anderson said.

Walt, of Swan Lodge, High Street East, admitted burglary on the day his trial was due to start.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “Steven doesn’t remember anything at all. But you quite often see him throughout the city going through skips and bins to remove plastics etc to help supplement his benefit claims.”

District Judge Roger Elsey, said: “You are 57 years old and this is your 95th conviction.

“You have a substantial record for offences of dishonesty and drunkenness and it is clear as a result of your drinking.”

Walt was fined £150 and told to pay £200 in compensation to the victim.