Junkie answers bail - then steals

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A notorious thief has been locked up after he was spotted by a police officer stealing from a Scarborough supermarket - moments after answering bail.

Career criminal Kevin Lee Varley has been jailed for eight months after he added a new page to his already lengthy criminal record, which now contains 56 convictions for over 100 offences.

The “deliberate and systematic” offender was jailed over five previously admitted thefts from shops, which he committed to feed the debilitating heroin addiction, which has plagued him for 20 years.

The 42-year-old appeared before York Crown Court on Thursday January 9 for sentencing over the thefts, which he committed between November 19 and December 9 last year - the final three of which were carried out whilst on bail.

Light fingered Varley stole various items from shops in Scarborough and Malton during his three week spree.

Varley was eventually brought to justice when just minutes after answering bail at Scarborough Police Station, a police officer saw him plundering goods from a Tesco store in the town.

The court heard that Varley had an extensive previous record, mainly for shoplifting, and had at the time been under a community order with supervision and a drug rehabilitation requirement imposed at the York court in September 2012 for a public order offence.

Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said that Varley was now determined to “address his demons” and beat his addiction.

Adding that Varley had again turned heavily to heroin following the death of his 42-year-old wife and his mother, Mr Parsons said that his client’s life had been in turmoil.

But the Recorder of York Adrian Waterman QC felt little sympathy for the habitual crook, and jailed him for eight months.

He added that Varley, of Wood Street in Norton, had done very little to address his habit, despite being given the chance of a rehabilitation order by the court.