When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Blackburn man stole 50 bottles of lager during visits to service station
1:01pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A 29-YEAR-OLD man’s visits to a petrol station to ‘fill up’ had nothing to do with fuel for a car.
Blackburn Magistrates’ Court heard that, on four visits to the service station, Richard John O’Brien stole 40 cans, and 50 bottles, of lager.
And drink was behind his behaviour when he caused £1,000 damage to windows at his rented home.
O’Brien, of Countess Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to four charges of theft from the Shell Service Station, and criminal damage.
He was ordered to pay £750 compensation.
Rachael Griffiths, defending, said the theft offences were committed shortly after O’Brien had been released from prison.
He had found himself with no money, no claim for benefits, and no accommodation.
She said “He was sofa surfing.
“He wasn’t in a position to pay rent, and felt the only way to repay them was to steal what would be welcome at the address.”