Crime spree helped to fund Thetford man’s drug habit

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A man who went on a crime spree to feed his drug habit has received a suspended prison sentence.

Adrian Ian Curston, 41, of Gloucester Way, Thetford, attended Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 1) having previously pleaded guilty to nine theft and four motoring offences.

His charges included stealing ornamental trees and a ‘dog beware’ sign worth £62.48 from Thetford Garden Centre, plants valued at £17.43 from Wickes in Thetford, two electric strimmers and four pairs of earphones worth £49.94 from Thing-Me-Bobs in Bury, two pairs of sandals valued at £12 from Mothercare in Bury and a table and chair set valued at £70 from Tesco in Dereham.

They also included stealing a garden gate, tools valued at £30 during a burglary and a bicycle valued at £250, all in Thetford, as well as making off without paying for £20.01 of fuel from Wayland Garage in Watton, two charges of driving without a licence and two of driving without insurance in Thetford and Watton.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, told magistrates a number of the stolen items were recovered after Curston was arrested.

In mitigation, Jakki Upton said Curston had committed the offences to feed his drugs habit.

But she said he had been voluntarily attending the Norfolk Recovery Partnership and had been clean of amphetamines for six weeks and cannabis for two weeks.

Curston was sentenced to 13 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and was given a 12 month community order to include supervision and 19 Thinking Skills sessions.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £250, £17.43 and £20.01.

His licence was endorsed with 12 penalty points, leaving him with a six month driving ban.

Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture of a BMW used to commit a number of the offences.