Partner's drug addiction debts blamed for Colne dad's £424 "trolley dash" theft from supermarket

A dad went on a "trolley dash" and tried to leave Burnley Tesco with a £424 haul, after his partner's "raging" drug addiction led to debts,  a court heard.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 1:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th July 2018, 2:00 pm
A Colne man tried to make off with a trolley packed with 424 worth of goods from Burnley's Tesco store, a court has heard.

Martin Baines had been "desperate," after they had to resort to a local loan shark for cash, the town's magistrates were told.

Baines (27) who is subject to a suspended jail term, will be sentenced next week, after the Bench asked for an all -options pre -sentence report.

Mr Carl Gaffney, prosecuting, told the hearing the defendant tried to leave the store after a trolley dash, but was detained at the scene. Mr Gaffney said: " All the property, which was a substantial amount, was recovered."

Mr Nick Dearing, defending, said Baines, who had some learning difficulties, was a young man who " seems to be fighting on a number of fronts."

His long -term partner's Class A drug habit had been raging, the couple had a poorly little girl and they had debts and social problems. The pair were also on benefits.

The solicitor said: " Clearly, he is a young man who is crying out for support and assistance.

"He is low risk. He is a non- violent offender."

The defendant, of Oak Street, Colne, admitted theft from a shop on Wednesday, June 6th.

He was bailed until Wednesday, July 11th.