A TEENAGER who stole a crate of beer had a drink problem resulting from “hanging around with undesirables”, Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard.
James Hill, 19, of Chapel Street, Brimington, went into One Stop shop in Bolsover, picked up a crate of lager and walked out without paying for it at 11.20pm, on December 3.
Police went to his home the next day and recovered two of the stolen cans. The other eight were missing.
Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “He said he had been drinking and he went to the shop with no money and snatched a pack of beer off the shelf.”
Denney Lau, for Hill, said: “He has an alcohol issue because of hanging around with undesirable people.” Mr Lau said Hill wanted to change his lifestyle and beat his drink problem. The bench fined him £93 and ordered him to pay £10.99 compensation with £85 costs.