A MAN struggling to pay back his payday loans stole food from a supermarket to provide for his children.
Kevin Smith, of Y Maes, Glyn Ceiriog stole food valued at almost £150 from Asda before driving away from the Holt Road store.
He was stopped by police soon after leaving the store and in addition to the theft, it was found he was driving without insurance.
Smith, 35, who pleaded guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court to charges of theft and use of a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and his driving licence was endorsed with six penalty points.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court it was a “trolley dash scenario”.
Smith took the items to his car and drove off before being stopped by officers just after leaving, whereby the stolen items were recovered and it was discovered Smith had been driving without insurance.
Mark McCluskey, defending, said Smith had been going through relationship problems at the time and was splitting his time between his father’s house and his former home while he was in “severe financial trouble”.
Mr McCluskey described the theft as an act of desperation on Price’s behalf because he found he had no other way to provide for his children.
He told the court Smith thought he had bought car insurance online the week prior to the theft but accepted it hadn’t gone through.
The court heard that Smith was extremely remorseful. He had a number of payday loans and was unable to keep up the repayments.
Issuing a conditional discharge for 12 months, District judge Andrew Shaw said: “You are lucky I am doing that because this was a premeditated theft but I accept it was a crime brought about because of your personal circumstances. It was not shoplifting to then sell the items on.”
The judge also ordered Smith to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £80 costs.