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Skegness thief shoplifted after benefit cut

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

Thief stole items after benefit cut
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A SKEGNESS man caught shoplifting on CCTV was stealing to sell items for cash, a court heard.

The town's magistrates were told that 30-year-old Shaun Crowder was short of cash because his benefits had been halved.

Unemployed Crowder, of Rutland Road in Skegness, stole from a town centre store as a direct result of his financial problems.

He admitted stealing a frying pan and some batteries from Wilkinsons in the Hildred Centre on October 28.

The court was told that during the afternoon Crowder went into the store.

He put all the items into his own shopping bag, paid for some paracetamol at the check-out and then left the store.

But Crowder was captured on the store's CCTV security system and then interviewed by police.

He told them he had financial difficulties and he had taken the pan and batteries to sell them.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan told the court that Crowder's benefits had been cut in half.

Crowder was given a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £40 towards costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was also told to pay £19.99 in compensation to the store.

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  • Pete67  |  December 12 2013, 8:39AM

    Daily we hear Jeremy Kyle saying get a job, and almost daily Ian Duncan Smith saying there's plenty of jobs. Isn't it funny if there were the jobs these two would be unemployed.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 10 2013, 6:39PM

    What is even more sad is that some claimants are forced to work for well known profitable company's with no extra income apart from their normal benefits or face losing everything . How i understand the law is that any employer has to pay the minimum hourly pay but the Government allow these people to work for less that the minimum wage ,So is the Government not breaking their own laws ? I have no problem forcing people to take up employment but for crying out loud pay them a liveable wage .

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  • Listener  |  December 10 2013, 1:51PM

    "He was ordered to pay £40 towards costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He was also told to pay £19.99 in compensation to the store." And the above "punishment helps because?" I do not know this man, but I suspect he has been sanctioned for not doing enough to get a job. It is bad enough trying to survive on benefits as it is. Give the man the help he needs to get a job. It is obvious that crime will increase as more and more people get so desperate just to live in basic conditions with a very poor diet. I was amused by the new idea to get people to work for benefits. If the government can find this work, then at least pay the minimum wage. Problem solved!

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  • dean44  |  December 10 2013, 11:45AM

    its going to cost more when you cut someones benefits , they need to live so what they going to do is steal no choice , as there is not enough support around to cover people who end up with nothing, they go to prison ends up costing more .the dwp need to thing seriously before they go ahead and cut someones benefits, cause the cost just goes somewhere else ie prison court costs etc.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 09 2013, 6:30PM

    Most people could see this was going to happen when someone's benefits are cut ,How are they suppose to survive with very little money to buy the bare essentials of life . The people who decide these cuts have no compassion and dont live in the real world ..

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  • Pete67  |  December 09 2013, 4:32PM

    It's obvious what happens every time benefits are cut - crime goes up. He'll probably have to steal again to pay for the crime.

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