Gainsborough: Police tracked down shoplifter thanks to CCTV footage

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A Gainsborough shoplifter was tracked down by police after being identified from CCTV footage from the store he targeted, Lincoln Magistrates were told.

Sean Gilliatt took a £55 bottle of after shave from a display at Oldrids’ store in the Lindsey Centre in Gainsborough and walked out without paying.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that police later checked the CCTV footage from the store and identified Gilliatt who was arrested three weeks later.

He said Gilliatt had one previous conviction which was for three offences of shoplifting.

Gilliatt ,20, of Springthorpe Road, Gainsborough, admitted theft as a result of the incident on 13th August.

He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £55 compensation to Oldrids plus a £20 victim surcharge.

Lloyd Edwards, defending, said Gilliatt had a drug problem but is making efforts to sort out his life.

Mr Edwards said: “His problem has been cannabis.”

“He has been taking it for about five years.”

“He would smoke it any time of day or night whenever he could get his hands on it.”

“It has had a bad effect on him in all sorts of ways.”

He said Gilliatt had suffered mental health problems which he attributed to his use of cannabis and had received treatment at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre.

Gilliatt, he said, is now taking anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medication.

But Mr Edwards added: “To his credit he has not smoked any cannabis since his interview.”

“He has now gone without it for seven weeks.”

“At present he is on ESA.”

“He is actively looking for work and it appears he has now put his life into some sort of order.”