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Thief stole again to fund forklift lessons
7:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Mark Blackburn, 37, stole the vodka, with a total value of £39.18, from the Main Street store on August 22, Skipton magistrates heard on Friday.
He was challenged by staff, left, and returned with one bottle, which was recovered by the store, the court was told.
Blackburn, who admitted theft, had been given a 12-month community order in May for a number of thefts from shops and had completed 69 out of 90 hours unpaid work.
In mitigation, Ruth Weir said Blackburn, of Lingcrag Gardens, claimed he had stolen the vodka to raise money to get him to Castleford where he had been booked on a forklift truck course.
She said he was due to complete the course very soon and to start work with Eddie Stobart in Bury in November.
Magistrates revoked the original order and resentenced him to a new 12 month order with supervision and 61 hours of unpaid work.
He will also have to pay costs of £85, a victims surcharge of £60 and compensation of £19.59 to the Co-op.