Drug addict jailed after theft spree

A "desperate" Suffolk drug addict who stole from his mother, his grandmother and a grieving woman at her parents' graveside has today been jailed.Marc Dugdale, 28, barged past his Felixstowe mother when she opened the front door and stole £30 from her purse on September 2.

A "desperate" Suffolk drug addict who stole from his mother, his grandmother and a grieving woman at her parents' graveside has today been jailed.

Marc Dugdale, 28, barged past his Felixstowe mother when she opened the front door and stole £30 from her purse on September 2. Just three days later he asked his grandparents for food and drink and then stole £9.30 from his grandmother's purse.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that on the same day Dugdale, of no fixed address, grabbed £85 from a till at Safeway petrol station in Felixstowe. However, magistrate David Cooper said by far the worst offence happened on August 15 when Dugdale went to Felixstowe cemetery and stole a handbag off a pedal cycle which belonged to a grieving woman.

David Hutson, prosecuting, said the woman was tending her parents' grave when Dugdale took the bag containing £13. He said an unknown man chased and caught Dugdale and detained him until the police arrived.

Dugdale, who has similar offences recorded against him, pleaded guilty to burglary and three charges of theft and asked for four other theft offences to be taken into consideration.

Paul Roach, mitigating, said: "No violence was used and this was low key, repetitive offending. He has expressed a wish to rid himself of drugs, he has been addicted for decades. He loves his grandparents and his parents but he was desperate."

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Mr Cooper said: "He is desperate. It cannot be a short sentence, he is just hopeless. There is a drug-free wing in prison.

"These were wretched offences, I cannot do other than send you to prison. You bullied members of your own family and picked on a grieving woman at the graveside of her parents. How low can you go?"

Dugdale was jailed for a total of 12 months.

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