Heroin user stole drills by tucking them down his trousers

North Devon Magistrates' Court. North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
9:30 AM

The 46-year-old took the tools from a shop in Pottington, Barnstaple, on two separate occassions to ‘pay off debts’.

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A HEROIN user who stole two drills from a shop in Pottington by stuffing them down his trousers has pleaded guilty to shoplifting.

Paul Tuff, 46, of Sticklepath Terrace, first entered John Taylor Fasteners on July 5 and took a cordless drill and battery worth £229.

Staff at the store noticed the items were missing and reviewed the CCTV footage where they saw Tuff place the items in his trousers and leave.

On July 12 he was seen to enter the store again and after taking a drill worth £135 in the same manner he was stopped by a member of staff.

Tuff handed the drill back and waited with the staff member for police to arrive.

Tim Hook, defending, said Tuff, who has 28 previous theft offences, was on a methadone script and stole the drill to pay off a debt.

He said when there was a problem with Tuff’s methadone script he sometimes took heroin and ended up shoplifting to pay for it.

Magistrates agreed that the probation service would need to carry out a report and adjourned sentencing until Friday.

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