Stamford man stole motor oil from garage on three occasions

Crime and court news.
Crime and court news.

A Stamford man stole motor oil from a garage on three occasions while working in traffic management, a court has heard.

Joseph Andrew Lawson, 24, of Abbotts Close, admitted stealing the oil from the Rock filling station at Scotgate in Stamford on April 8 and twice on April 30.

Prosecuting, Hannah Strawson told Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday that on the first occasion Lawson parked up on the forecourt and went into the store.

He selected a four litre bottle of oil, worth £39.99 and left without paying. She said he did the same at 4.30pm on April 30 and a few hours after that.

The stolen oil was worth a total of £119.97.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Lawson had been unemployed up until April and had not received benefits.

He said Lawson now worked for a company in Luton in traffic management.

Mr Pye-Smith said the cars Lawson drove for work used up a lot of oil and that was the motivation for stealing it.

He said Lawson was now being paid regularly.

Magistrates ordered Lawson to pay compensation of £119.97 and fined him £200.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £30.