An addict stole his sister-in-law’s bracelet while she was on vacation because it was “skinny”.
Blackburn magistrates learned that Shane Casey was living with the victim and his brother and, due to their concerns, had padlocked the bedroom door before leaving.
Casey, 27, of Thornbank Crescent, Bacup, pleaded guilty to theft of a Pandora bracelet worth £ 1,000 and three counts of shoplifting. He was remanded in custody until June 1 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said none of the stolen goods were recovered.
He said the accused’s sister-in-law and her husband put a padlock on the bedroom door due to concerns about his drug use.
Upon their return from vacation, he admitted to stealing the bracelet and selling it for £ 15.
“She says it had sentimental value because her friends and family had bought her the charms to go on the bracelet on several occasions,” Mr. Robinson said.
“When he was interviewed he said he took it because he was skinny.”
Gareth Price, defending, said his client did not place as high a value on the bracelet as his sister-in-law.
“In September of last year he was struggling with drug addiction, which is why the lock was put on the door,” Price said.
“Since then his parents have forced him to cook cold turkey and he is now drug free.
“He also got a job as a welder-fabricator, which is a big step forward in his life.