Whilst in prison drug dealer Stephen Owen was selected to work for key cutting and shoe repair company Timpsons as part of its scheme to give offenders a second chance.
Bolton Crown Court heard he had worked at the shop in Market Street, Bolton, for less than three months when he let himself into the building on the night of January 13 and raided the safe, taking £360, three watches and two phones belonging to customers along with 18 Zippo lighters.But he couldn't help it! He has poor impulse control!
Martin Pizzey, defending, said the theft was a spur of the moment decision. He added: “He did not plan to break the trust of his employers or make a mess of the chance he had been given.
“He acted very foolishly and regrets that very much.”Yes, I'm sure he does regret ... getting caught.
Owen, a father-of-one, had been released from jail part way through serving a three year prison sentence for dealing heroin.
Sentencing Owen to six months in prison for the Timpsons burglary, Recorder Karen Brody said that dishonesty was “deeply ingrained” in him.Just as excessive leniency is ingrained in the court system.