Addict targeted theft of Apple goods

A REFORMED addict who returned to drugs after his father died stole a package from a delivery firm.

Damien Gooding, 36, of Hirst Street, Lower Hopton, Mirfield, then posed as a worker in a bid to steal again when his employment ended.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard Gooding gained a short-term contract at UPS in Dewsbury last Christmas.

He was caught stealing an iPhone after a complaint was made that it had not been received.

On January 2, despite leaving his role, Gooding identified himself as a UPS employee in a bid to take more Apple products.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said the defendant went to a shop in Huddersfield but left empty-handed.

He said: "He asked if there were any collections for him but the store manager had doubts and didn’t give him anything.

“He made contact with UPS, who told the manager he was no longer in employment.”

Gooding admitted charges of theft by employee, fraud by false representation, theft and the stealing of steak worth £50 from Mirfield Co-op on January 27.

Rachel Smith, mitigating, said her client had lived with a drug problem on and off for 18 years.

His addiction was under control but then his father died and he returned to drugs as a coping mechanism.

Ms Smith added: “Over Christmas he found employment, the temptation was there and he committed these offences.”

Gooding was given a six-week curfew, nine months of drug treatment and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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