Shoplifter stole perfume as Christmas gifts

Magistrates heard the 23-year-old was suffering from money problems when he stole the fragrance sets on two occasions.

A SHOPLIFTER has been ordered to pay compensation after stealing perfume on two occasions which he gave as gifts.

Luke Quick, 23, of 15 Gaydon Street, Barnstaple, appeared before magistrates in Barnstaple on Friday pleading guilty to two charges of theft from a shop.

On November 29, 2012, he stole fragrance gift sets to the value of £95 from Boots in Barnstaple and on December 5 he stole a perfume set from the same.

CCTV operators spotted Quick after he hid the perfume sets in a carrier bag and contacted the security staff at the store who recognised him.

Police officers called at his home and arrested him, and after being shown the CCTV footage he made a ‘full and frank admission’, said prosecutor Mark Haddow.

The court heard Quick had stolen the first lot of perfume sets to sell but ended up giving them to his girlfriend as a gift.

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The second set was stolen to give to his dad as a Christmas present.

Both offences were committed under a two year conditional discharge, ordered by the court in January 2012 for a separate charge of theft.

Zara Svensson, defending, said Quick had been suffering with money issues but had since moved in with his grandmother enabling him to cut his monthly outgoings and was ‘moving in the right direction’.

Magistrates ordered him to pay compensation of £100 to Boots and allowed the conditional discharge to keep running.

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