Father stole jacket to buy presents

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court
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A MAN who stole a leather jacket to buy Christmas presents for his daughters has been banned from entering Scarborough town centre.

Patrick Gavin, of Caburn Close, pleaded guilty before Scarborough magistrates to a charge of theft after stealing the £129 jacket from Marks & Spencer in Newborough.

Magistrates heard Gavin entered the store at around 4pm on December 31 and headed for the menswear.

Prosecuting, Katherine Reeve said: “He selected the leather jacket and carried it across the store.

“He then hid the jacket under his own coat, zipping it up to obscure the jacket from view, before leaving the store through the main entrance on to Newborough.

“He was detained by a store security guard and a police community support officer.”

Ms Reeve told magistrates the theft was committed while Gavin was on a conditional discharge, and that his record showed similar convictions.

The court then heard from Nick Tubbs, mitigating, who said Gavin suffers from a long term drug addiction, and although he is heavily convicted his record for 2010 showed a reduction in offences.

Mr Tubbs said: “This was just after Christmas and Mr Gavin had spent what money he had from benefits on presents for his daughters. He had no money for his own needs so stole the jacket.

“His daughters both live away from town and he is trying to rebuild a relationship with them. He is trying very hard to deal with his long standing drug problem and is very motivated to do anything to stop this addiction.”

Magistrates banned Gavin from Scarborough town centre for nine months. He was also ordered to complete a drugs rehabilitation requirement and was fined £30 for breaching the conditional discharge, along with £100 costs.