Budleigh Salterton: heroin addict jailed for for shoplifting

PUBLISHED: 17:13 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 28 October 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


Heroin addict Michael Pring, aged 31, from Budleigh Salterton, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court after he plagued shops in Newton Abbot by stealing items, such a meat, which were easy to resell so he could generate cash to spend on drugs; the crimes were committed a fortnight after he received a suspended sentence for identical offences.

A heroin addict from Budleigh Salterton has been jailed for going on a shoplifting spree just two weeks after being let off with a suspended sentence for identical offences.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Michael Pring plagued shops in Newton Abbot by stealing items such a meat that were easy to resell so he could generate cash to spend on drugs.

He was already on licence after being freed from an earlier sentence when he received a suspended sentence in May, 2017. He was caught stealing again exactly two weeks later.

Pring also used contactless debit cards which had been stolen from cars to buy goods in transactions which were all close to the £30 limit, Exeter Crown Court was told.

At the time of the offences he was living in Newton Abbot, but has since moved to Budleigh Salterton and Exeter.

Pring, aged 31, of Meadow Road, Budleigh Salterton, admitted three thefts, three frauds, and asked for four more offences to be considered.

He was jailed for a total of a year by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court. This was made up of the suspended sentence of 42 weeks being activated in full and ten weeks added for the new offences.

The judge told Pring: “You committed more thefts from stores in much the same way as you have done before and used stolen cards three times. All this was during the currency of a suspended sentence.

“The background to it all is heroin abuse. Until you are able to tackle this, you are not going to be going very far.”

Mr Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said all the offences happened at the Sainsbury and BP Express shops in Newton Abbot in May, June and July this year and involved the theft of meat, fish, and detergents with a total value of more than £400.

The contactless card frauds were carried out a Spar shop and used cards stolen by unknown offenders from cars parked nearby.

Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said Pring’s offending had been to fund his drug habit but he has now found work as a building labourer, which provides hope that he will be able to avoid shoplifting in the future.

A probation report said Pring had failed to attend supervision appointment after his last release from jail and there was little they could offer by way of support.

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