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Heroin addict's £250 booze raid on Dursley Sainsburys

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

Cheltenham Magistrates' Court

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BOOZE worth £250 was snatched from Sainsburys in a brazen raid by a heroin addict.

Patrick Coltman wheeled a trolley filled with alcohol from the Dursley supermarket but was recognised by staff on CCTV, a court heard.

Coltman, 49, admitted the theft when he appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Friday, March 28.

Dafydd Paxton, prosecuting, said Coltman was in the Castle Street store at 12.30pm on February 23.

“He filled up his trolley with £250-worth of alcohol and left the shop,” said Mr Paxton.

“The next day an employee watched the CCTV because they believed some stock was missing, and they recognised him.

“He was already known to staff for similar offences.

“Police were called and when they arrested him, he fully admitted the offences.

“He told officers that he had sold the items for money. You will note a somewhat long list of 181 previous offences, many of which are for shoplifting.”

Maz Iqbal, defending, said his client had been put on a heroin substitute for the first time in his life and he wanted to stay off heroin.

He now lives in a hostel in Bristol, he said.

“He also has problems with his memory and his brain and is due to have a CT scan,” said Mr Iqbal.

Bench chairman Susan Pearce urged Coltman to take the chances presented to him to stay off drugs.

She imposed a 12 month community order with 12 months’ supervision and a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.

“You have had a DRR before,” she said. “This one has got to work.”

“It will do,” he replied.

“You are going to get off them this time?” she asked.

He said: “Yes, 100%.”

He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to Sainsburys. He will not have to pay costs because of his lack of means, nor a victim surcharge.

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