Prolific shoplifting addict jailed

A PROLIFIC shoplifter with a seven-year heroin addiction is today behind bars.Jailing 29-year-old Craig Hynard, District Judge David Cooper said it was about time shopkeepers were given a break from him and drug addiction was no excuse for crime.

A PROLIFIC shoplifter with a seven-year heroin addiction is today behind bars.

Jailing 29-year-old Craig Hynard, District Judge David Cooper said it was about time shopkeepers were given a break from him and drug addiction was no excuse for crime.

Hynard, of Gaell Crescent, Hadleigh, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, where he admitted stealing £72.97 of DVDs from Virgin and then resisting a police constable.

Clare Forsdike, prosecuting, said Hynard is well-known for stealing from shops.

She said he had to be taken to floor as he was struggling so much after the theft.

The court heard that Hynard has 55 previous convictions for 86 offences, of which 47 were for theft.

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Mark Holt, mitigating, said Hynard's problem was addiction to class-A drugs.

Judge Cooper said: “Mr Hynard is a complete menace to the shops in Ipswich. They must be so fed up with him.

“He is injecting crack cocaine and heroin daily. He is unlikely to have any longevity of life. He has a lengthy, entrenched and prolific history of offending.

“I am not a punitive person, but I have got to think of people other than Mr Hynard.

“Drug addiction isn't true mitigation at all. Morally, it's a selfish attitude. You have had endless chances and it's about time the shops had a bit of a rest.”

Hynard was sentenced to 14 weeks for the theft and a further two weeks for resisting the police constable.

His existing community rehabilitation order was left in place.

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