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Teenager fined for taking computer goods

PUBLISHED: 19:02 19 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER who stole computer equipment from friends to help maintain his lavish lifestyle has appeared at court in Ipswich.

Saul Vickers, of Faraday Road, Ipswich, admitted stealing goods worth a total of nearly £700 in two separate incidents in the town.

A TEENAGER who stole computer equipment from friends to help maintain his lavish lifestyle has appeared at court in Ipswich.

Saul Vickers, of Faraday Road, Ipswich, admitted stealing goods worth a total of nearly £700 in two separate incidents in the town.

Magistrates heard that between July 22 and August 1 he stole a computer game from a 12-year-old boy and sold it on for £50.

Vickers, 19, also pleaded guilty to theft at a house in Bartholomew Street, Ipswich. On September 29 he entered the house and stole a total of £670 of goods.

The court heard Vickers, who has amassed store card debts of about £2,000, turned to crime to after losing his job. He used the money from the sale of the equipment to buy clothes and to socialise.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, said that when arrested, Vickers, who now works in a supermarket, admitted the offences to police.

Mark Holt, in mitigation, told the court Vickers had no previous convictions.

He said: "At the time of both these offences he was unemployed and he was finding things financially very difficult.

"He didn't have a great deal of out-goings but he found himself falling behind his contemporaries.

"He was in a situation where he had very little money and an opportunity arose and unfortunately he took it."

He added that Vickers had had contact cut of by his friends as a result of his crimes.

Michael Osbourne, chairman of the bench, said aggravating features of the crime where that Vickers had stolen from friends including a youth.

He was sentenced to pay a combined total of £690.95p compensation to the victims of the thefts at a rate of £50 a month.


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