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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Shoplifting haul found in Barrow veteran’s loft

AN air force veteran with mental health issues has been given a community order after stealing hundreds of pounds worth of electrical goods.

Keith Moyse pleaded guilty to theft from Tesco on October 24 and handling stolen goods in Furness Magistrates’ court on January 7 and was sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work yesterday.

The court heard how father-of-two Moyse, 46, had served with the RAF in the Gulf region and had been left with anxiety and depression and the compulsion to steal.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Moyse has been caught on camera on October 24 loading a trolley in Tesco’s Hindpool Road store with £606.56 worth of electrical goods including toasters, sandwich makers, kettles and DVD players before he walked out.

He was seen loading the items into his car and police were called.

On October 26 police arrested Moyse at home and found a hoard of stolen goods in the loft, many unopened and often doubled up.

Among the haul were goods valued at £1,200 recovered from Debenhams, £1,200 from Tesco and £146 from Asda. Paints from Wilkinson worth £23.95 were not recovered.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said the death of Moyse’s mother was a contributing factor to his unusual behaviour.

He said: “He can’t explain what’s happened. It may be he likes an element of control, it may be any number of other reasons.

“He was an active serviceman in the RAF and saw action in the Gulf

“He has sought help from the British Legion and his GP.

“Sometimes these things take time to come to the surface.”

Mrs Catherine Alexander, presiding magistrate, ordered Moyse, of Meetings View, Barrow, to carry out 60 hours unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £23.95 compensation to Wilkinson’s.

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