Man who mounted series of shoplifting raids to pay ‘drug related debt’ is jailed for seven months

A MAN who carried out a series of shoplifting raids at a supermarket over a four day period claiming it was to “pay a drug related debt” has been jailed for seven months.

Nathan Larmour (19) struck at the Tesco store in Coleraine in September 2018 when items taken included XBox and PS4 controllers and Amazon Fire Sticks with a total value of over £370.

The defendant also breached a Community-based Court Order.

A prosecutor said staff at Tesco found empty boxes after the defendant had made off with items and on one of the occasions he came to the store he was identified and arrested and his home was searched.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the defendant advised he is beginning “to turn things around”.

District Judge Peter King told Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday that Larmour, with an address at Gardens Mews in Cookstown, had 26 previous offences including theft and burglary, theft, assault, criminal damage and drugs matters and “every single opportunity” had been given to him to allow him to remain in the community.

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