Trouser thief avoids jail sentence

A HOMELESS trouser-thief is free today after avoiding a jail sentence.Daniel Paul Alexander, 20, was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after he was caught stealing trousers from a Cancer Research shop in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

A HOMELESS trouser-thief is free today after avoiding a jail sentence.

Daniel Paul Alexander, 20, was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after he was caught stealing trousers from a Cancer Research shop in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Alexander tried on a number of pairs of trousers in the second-hand clothes shop and then left one pair, which was concealed by his own trousers, and walked out.

He was caught by shop staff and told police that he had committed the crime, on March 12, out of desperation, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday.

A day after stealing the trousers Alexander, of no fixed abode, was spotted on closed circuit television as he stole a jacket, worth £75, from Wills clothes shop, also in Hamilton Road.

Andrea Reynolds prosecuting said: “He told police he was desperate for money to pay off a drugs debt.”

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Alexander also admitted breaching a community order, on March 19, which had been imposed after a previous offence of theft.

A Probation Service report on Alexander, read to the court, stated: “He has demonstrated a complete lack of motivation to comply with the requirements.”

The court heard that Alexander had had a drug habit but he was overcoming it.

He was not ordered to pay a fine or costs.

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