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Droitwich drug addict jailed for shoplifting spree

Droitwich Editorial 15th Jul, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A HEROIN addict stole more than £2,000 worth of items in a bid to fund his drug intake, a court has heard.

Thomas Osborne, of Shepherds Green in Droitwich, was handed a 32-week jail-term after he committed 19 thefts from May 16 to July 2.

The 30-year-old’s stealing spree included a Babyliss Super Crew Set, alcohol, a television, washing products, Lego boxes and meat and grocery products throughout Bromsgrove and Droitwich.

Osborne was originally arrested for three incidents of theft on June 5, before being released on bail and committing the further 16, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (July 11).

Chris Aggrey, defending solicitor, said: “The majority of the offending is all down to his drug abuse.

“He’s very motivated to battle his long-standing drug addiction and he’s managed to effectively dry out in the period he’s been in custody.

“He’s gone cold turkey, if you like, which is the hardest thing to do. He has effectively run out of steam and he no longer wishes to preserve that lifestyle.”

Osborne was also charged with failing to surrender to custody at Worcester Magistrates Court on June 27 and was given a 14-day prison sentence, to run concurrently with the 32-weeks.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “You have been a shoplifter for many years now, you have carried on doing it and here we have a massive spate of thefts.

“Even with the original offences you were granted bail and then you still carried on offending on a daily basis.

“The value we are talking about is more than £2,000 worth of goods in a very short space of time.”

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