Desperate man stole money from shop till after not getting paid
A 25-YEAR-OLD Skegness man, who had not been paid for several weeks, stole money out of a shop till in desperation.
Liam Adrian Parkin of South Parade, admitted stealing £225 from Palmers Newsagents on North Parade, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.
He also asked for two similar thefts, totalling cash of £590 in Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes, to be taken into consideration when being sentenced.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that at 12 noon on August 7, Parkin and another person went into the shop and whilst the other person distracted the shop assistant, Parkin reached over the counter and stole the money from the till.
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After his arrest, he told police officers that he had committed the offences because he was so desperate for money.
Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said Parkin had been working 60-70 hours a week for around six weeks but had not been paid anything and, as a result, he was behind with his rent and had mounting debts.
She said that someone put it into his head to take money from a shop till.
She said he had been influenced by a bad crowd but he had decided to put it all behind him and was moving to Blackpool where he could start a new life with the promise of a new career.
Ms Wilkes asked the magistrates to impose a conditional discharge and allow him to pay off the compensation.
But the magistrates said that the three offences were distraction thefts with some element of planning and that there needed to be a greater element of punishment.
They ordered Parkin to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work for the community and ordered him to pay £702 in compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.