Street robber jailed after shoplifting

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A street robber who stole £20 from a woman at a cash machine was jailed for 16 months after being caught shoplifting in Spalding.

Svajunas Blazys (34), moved to South Lincolnshire to make a “fresh start” after receiving a 12 month suspended prison sentence for mugging the woman in Walthamstow High Street, East London.

But Lincoln Crown Court heard less than two months after arriving in Spalding, Blazys returned to crime and was twice caught shoplifting in the town centre.

On the first occasion Blazys stole two duvet sets valued at £36 from the B&M store in Winsover Road.

A day later on March 29 he stole cycle lamps and a set of knives in a block worth £32 from Wilkinsons.

The court heard Blazys had received a 12 month suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on February 21 despite having a previous five-year jail term on his record in his native Lithuania.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court Blazys had been in work for three years but lost his way after becoming addicted to heroin.

Mr Sands said: “The items he stole in Spalding were simple shop thefts to sell for his addiction.

“Despite his record there was no struggle with a security guard or any aggravating feature.”

Blazys, of no fixed address, admitted two charges of theft and breaking a suspended sentence in March, this year.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris said there was no alternative to prison for breaking a court order.