Heroin addict shoplifter is behind bars

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A heroin addict who went into jail came out with a more raging habit than he went in with, a court heard.

Prolific shoplifter Nasir Shraft (36) had been released on March 24th and then went on another thieving spree, stealing meat, toiletries and coffee worth almost £500 from a string of shops in Nelson.

Burnley magistrates were told how Shraft, who was banned from some of the premises under a criminal behaviour order, struggled with one shop worker who tried to detain him, leaving him with soreness.

He was in breach of two licences.

Shraft, of Pine Street, Nelson, had struck at stores including Farmfoods, Morrisons and Boots in his hunt for cash to feed his habit.

He admitted five counts of theft and two of breaching the criminal behaviour order and asked for five offences to be considered. The defendant is now back behind bars again, this time for a total of 30 weeks.

Geoff Ireland (defending) said Shraft had a significant problem with heroin and had not been able to get rid of his habit in prison. He had recently been in HMP Forest Bank in Manchester.

Mr Ireland said: “He says drugs are very easy to come by in prison, which I find very alarming, particularly when he tells me about some of the methods they come into prison. He came out of prison on March 24th with perhaps a more raging habit than he went in with.”

Mr Ireland added: “He goes to shops where he is well known. All the people who have made statements know who he is because he is a regular shoplifter and he is shoplifting on his own doorstep, so desperate is his habit.”