Recently released drug addict went on shop-lifting spree, court told

A drug addict who went on a shop-lifting spree was remanded in custody when he appeared in court today.

Adam Nelson, 21, of Norgaet in Lerwick, stole a pair of jeans from Aspects in the Toll Clock shopping centre on 4th March.

He also helped himself to bottles of spirits from Tesco and the Co-op on three occasions between 27th March and 25th April.

Nelson further admitted taking a bedding set from Bolts on 28th April and a make-up kit from chemist AL Laing.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard the total value of the items stolen was over £300, and only £54-worth of goods had been recovered.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Nelson had been released early from a previous sentence in February, prompting Sheriff Napier to call into question the wisdom of an early release.

“It makes a nonsense of it that you walk out of prison,” he told Nelson. The sheriff was not swayed by an offer to take Nelson into the Papa Stour project, either.

Refusing bail, he called for an up-dated social inquiry report to be arranged for 19th May, when Nelson will reappear for other matters to be considered.


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