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Ex-addict steals underpants from Blackburn store
4:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
THE theft of designer underpants from a Blackburn store was a ‘brief’ return to old habits for a reformed drug addict.
Blackburn magistrates heard Darren George Croft had been drug-free for three years but found himself in dire financial straits after his benefits were stolen.
Croft, 38, on Winmarleigh Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to stealing two packs of Calvin Klein underwear worth £49 from Debenhams.
He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £50 costs.
Simon Farnsworth, defending, said his client had beaten his drug addiction.
He said: “He’s standing on his own two feet and that is not something anyone would have predicted four years ago.”
He said Croft had put his wallet, containing £80, down in a phone box and left it.
He added: “He was left with £7 for 10 days and he had to put £6 of that in the electricity meter, which had gone into arrears.
“With just a £1 to his name he had run out of options and committed this offence as a last resort.
“He hoped to get £10 for the underpants.”