Barrow addict used theft and fraud to fund habit

Boots in Portland Walk, Barrow
Boots in Portland Walk, Barrow
10 August 2017 6:44PM

A BARROW addict stole an electric guitar from one shop before immediately pawning it at another.

In a separate incident, Bobby-joe Strike also stole items worth £151 - including baby monitors, sun cream and toothbrush heads - from Boots in Barrow. The 38-year-old, of Ferry Road, Barrow, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and one of fraud at Furness and District Magistrates Court yesterday (9).

Mr Lee Dacre, prosecuting, told the court strike stole the Ibanez electric guitar worth £119.99 from Cash Generators in Dalton Road, Barrow on March 22. He took it to Cash in a Dash, on the same street, and sold it for £40.

The theft from Boots took place on July 21, Mr Dacre added.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, told the court the defendant had taken the items to fund his habit but was now doing well in rehabilitation and had stabilised himself on methadone. District Judge Gerald Chalk gave Strike a six-week curfew from 8pm until 6am and ordered he pay compensation to Boots and Cash in a Dash, plus £85 court costs.

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