Drug addict stole for rent

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A 30-YEAR-OLD Scarborough drug addict has admitted stealing from shops when he got behind with his rent.

Luke Elliott Clayton, of Grosvenor Road, had been trying to support his girlfriend but as their money troubles spiralled he drifted back into using heroin and crack cocaine in an effort to cope.

Scarborough Magistrates Court was told that he had been undergoing methadone treatment for his addiction but once again developed an expensive habit.

Steven Ovenden, prosecuting, said he had taken:

l alcohol worth £135 also from Tesco in Westwood

l alcohol worth £73.30 also from Tesco

l four bottles of whisky worth a total of £170.86 from Sainsbury’s

l and a Makita £99 hammer drill from B&Q.

He added that the thefts were committed in the space of four days last week. He said: “When he stole a cordless drill he was seen when he left and followed by several people along Seamer Road towards the town centre. He dropped the drill and it was recovered.

“He had intended to sell off the drill to pay money to his landlord and buy crack cocaine.”

Robert Vining, mitigating, described the situation as a “catalogue of disaster” and added that worsened when his partner left him for his best friend.

He said: “Each time he gets caught so he hasn’t got enough to pay his landlord so he needs more heroin – the speed he’s gone downhill is Scarborough’s answer to the Cresta Run.”

Clayton also admitted breaching a community order by failing to turn up for appointments.

Magistrates warned Clayton that this was his last chance. They ordered that he complete a community order with 12 months supervision, a nine month drug rehabilitation order, as well as 100 hours of unpaid work for the theft and 20 hours of unpaid work for the breech of the original order.