Burnley thief stole hair straighteners after drug relapse

A thief who stole hair straighteners worth £180 from Boots had relapsed into taking drugs, a court heard.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:11 am
Burnley Magistrates' Court

Convicted dealer Daniel Thomas, who has 46 offences on his record, put the three items in a bag and walked out.

Burnley magistrates were told the 45-year-old was detained and was compliant and the straighteners had been recovered. He had 21 convictions, including 15 theft-related offences and was locked up in the drugs supply case. He had been out of trouble since 2016.

His solicitor, Mr Dylan Bradshaw, told the hearing Thomas was on universal credit and was living on £240.

Mr Bradshaw continued: "That’s not a great deal of money for a month. I have suggested he looks for a job."

The solicitor said the defendant had a number of health issues and suffered from depression.

Mr Bradshaw said Thomas was jailed for 27 months for the drugs supply offence. He went on: "He had a go at drug dealing. He was recruited by people higher up the chain, who make significant money, to do the dirty work.”

The solicitor added the defendant had been prescribed a very similar substance to subutex, for long- term opiate users.

Thomas, of Clarence Street, Burnley, admitted theft on January 19th. He was given a 18-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs and a £21 victim surcharge.