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Love drove former addict to steal whisky, vodka and steak from Cinderford supermarket

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

Stroud Magistrates' Court

LOVE drove a former drug addict to slip in to his old ways, a court heard.

Ryan Thorne couldn’t afford a birthday present for his girlfriend, so he ran out of a supermarket with two bottles of spirit and a pair of steaks, Stroud Magistrates’ Court was told.

By the time police caught up with Thorne, 26, of Littledean, he had sold the whisky, vodka and steaks worth £33 for £20, prosecutor Theresa Perry said on Monday, March 24.

“Police were called to the Co-op in Dockham Road, Cinderford at 1pm on January 11 to view CCTV which showed a man in the store select two bottles of spirit, and put them in his basket,” she said.

“He did the same with the steaks.

“He approached the tills and started to run past them, out the doors and away from the store.”

She said he dropped an item of clothing which was given to police and he was identified through the CCTV footage.

In police interview on February 2, he admitted the theft, she said.

“He said it was his girlfriend’s birthday and he had only got her a card,” she said. “He wanted to get her some presents so he popped in to town.

“He said it was a snap decision.

“He said he planned to sell the items, which he did, and got £20 for them. He declined to say to who.”

Defending himself, Thorne said: “It was a stupid idea. Obviously I have had a drug addiction before. I have finished my DRR (Drug Rehabilitation Requirement) through Turning Point and I am still on Subutex.

“It was my girlfriend’s birthday and I did not have any money, and I went to my old ways.”

Bench chairman Stephen Pitt asked if that was wise.

“What would your girlfriend think of you doing that?” he asked.

Thorne replied: “She would not be impressed, that’s for sure.”

Sentence was adjourned to the same court on April 2.

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