Rasen DIY shop ‘drug-debt’ shoplifter ordered to pay compensation

Lincoln Magistrates' Court.
Lincoln Magistrates' Court.

A shoplifter from Baston who targeted two DIY stores in Market Rasen has been ordered to pay compensation.

Clint Elliott, 45, who was living at the Foyer in Market Rasen, admitted two charges of theft when he appeared before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court Elliott stole a toolkit worth £188.42 from a hardware store in Market Rasen on June 12.

Then, on July 13, he went in to the E-Quip store in Market Rasen and walked out with a padlock valued at £34.86.

When Elliott was questioned by police he admitted stealing the two items “to order” to pay off a drugs debt.

The court heard Elliott had been living at the Foyer but had now moved to his mother’s address in South Lincolnshire, and was voluntarily trying to help with his drugs problem.

He is currently complying with the Probation Service after he was made the subject of a community order in August for other offences.

Elliott was ordered to pay compensation of £223.28 
at a rate of £5 a week.

The sentence will run alongside his community order.