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Immigrant stole whisky worth £1,080 from Barrow store

A ROMANIAN man stole 54 bottles of whisky worth more than £1,000 in total from a supermarket after just one week in the UK.

Simon Calin, 37, pleaded guilty to the theft from the Barrow store and failing to surrender in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court was told Calin had been in the UK for seven days, having moved from Romania on January 2.

Mr Peter Kelly, prosecuting, told the court Calin had been lured to the UK with the promise of good job to help him support his wife and child. But by January 11 he found himself in Barrow with no job and no money.

Calin loaded 54 bottles of Famous Grouse whisky, worth £1,080, into a shopping trolley at the Tesco in Hindpool Road, Barrow, along with toilet tissue and some bags before walking out of the store without paying.

Mr Kelly said: “Effectively the defendant was sent to push the trolley around the shop.

He selected a number of items and apparently used these to hide the alcohol.”

CCTV caught Calin getting into a car which drove off but was later stopped by police.

Mr Kelly added: “He told police he was on his own and had been here one week, two days, his money had run out and this was the first mistake he had made.”

Mr Kelly said the total value of the goods stolen was £1108.79.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said: “What Mr Calin tells me is he arrived in the UK about one week before this incident.

He was coming, as people do, in order to find work and to provide for his wife and child in Romania.

“He had been told when he came over here there would be a job available for him and that work would be well paid but the reality was very different.”

Mr Roberts told the court Calin, of Hope Street, Leigh, had been cajoled into being the “fall guy” by a group of others who said by stealing the whisky it would answer his money troubles.

The goods were all recovered in a resaleable condition and the court was told Calin now had the promise of a job in a car wash in Leigh, where he was living with his sister.

Calin was given an eight-week curfew from 7pm to 7am.

He was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

The court was told he could not undertake unpaid work as his English was not good enough to understand health and safety information.

Have your say

Cant speak or speaks little English so what.
Not so long ago you may remember many an M.P fiddling-no, lets cut to the chase here-robbing taxpayers monies in the name of expenses. Not as if they were starving eh!.
They all spoke perfect English with many a cut glass accent. They all had/have excellent salaries and have just received an eleven per cent pay rise that cannot be justified, these are the real thieves in society.

Posted by Ben Bolton on 7 March 2014 at 12:26

This report seemed to be more focused on the fact that he is from Romania & living in the UK & to me Romanians are welcome.
He may be struggling to speak English but that is not his fault & I think the blame for that should lie with government cutbacks on courses for English Speakers for Other Languages (ESOL).
The crime he committed is nothing compared to every day theft that the energy companies commit against the consumer with soaring gas & electricity tariffs.
Or when the police attack picket lines like they did during the miners' strike in 1984-85, perfectly legally of course.

Posted by Charlie on 2 March 2014 at 20:44

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