Heroin addict broke into Boots 16 times to steal goods to pay for his habit, court told

A DRUG addict who stole more than �3,000 worth of goods from the Boots store in March has been given a four month suspended jail sentence.

Daniel Rowlett was also given a drug rehabilitation order that will include weekly testing, and he will be supervised by the probation service.

At an earlier hearing, Fenland magistrates were told that 28-year-old Rowlett had a �50 a day heroin habit.

He had admitted two specimen charges of theft, and asked for 14 similar offences to be taken into consideration. The offences spanned a period of two years.

This week presiding magistrate Margaret Angood told Rowlett: “It was planned deliberate stealing over a long period of time, involving a high value. You stole items to fund your drug habit and none of the items were recovered.”

Prosecuting, Emma Duckett told the court: “He admitted he entered the shop on each occasion with no intention of paying for goods; he stole to sell the items on.

“He accepted the entire amount of charges, none of the stolen items were recovered.”

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At a previous court hearing, solicitor Ian Graham said Rowlett, of Seafield Road, Leverington, had a �50 a day drug habit, and stole from the Boots store because he thought the shop’s security camera was not working.

Mr Graham had warned: “If he continues doing what he is doing, he will end up dying at a young age.”

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