Oswestry man with mental health issues stole from stores

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A Oswestry man with mental health issues stole perfume, groceries and clothing when he went off his medication, a court heard.

Shrewsbury Crown Court

At Shrewsbury Magistrates Court Nicholas Jones, 29, of Maple Avenue, Oswestry, admitted stealing groceries worth £63 from Morrisons in Oswestry on November 24.

The father-of-three, who suffers from bi-polar disorder, also admitted stealing clothing to the value of £100 from The Factory Shop and £45 worth of perfume from the town's Poundland store.

Abbie Hall, prosecuting said that on November 23 the defendant was seen on CCTV entering The Factory Shop with another male who handed him T-shirts around the scanner.

Both men left the store on to Cross Street. Later that afternoon Jones was seen in Poundland and, in sight of the cashier, took a number of bottles of perfume. She added that the following day Jones entered Morrisons and filled a basket with groceries, leaving without attempting to pay.

Sally Stokes, for Jones said: "Since the offence his medication has levelled out and he has been stable."

Magistrates ordered him to pay £135 costs, £15 victim surcharge and compensation to The Factory Shop of £50, £25 to Poundland and £63 to Morrisons. He was given 12 months conditional discharge.

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