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Teenager addicted to sniffing aerosols is jailed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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A PROLIFIC thief from Burton has been jailed – just weeks after he was released for a similar offence.

Dalton Stopp, 19, of Hawfield Lane Winshill, admitted at Burton Magistrates' Court to stealing aerosols from the Co-op in Woods Lane, Stapenhill, on July 8. The court heard CCTV footage from the shop showed Stopp taking a number of cans and putting them into a drawstring bag before leaving the store.

They took into account a number of other offences Stopp had committed since his release from prison, including taking four cans of Skol lager from Asda in Burton as well as other incidents where he had taken cans of aerosol spray. He was also charged with breaching a suspended sentence that had been handed to him in March after he stole lighter fluid just a day after previously appearing in front of magistrates.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told the court that Stopp was addicted to sniffing aerosols, which was why he re-offended. She added that he often sniffed the substance when he was distressed and had a long list of previous offences against him that involved stealing both alcohol and aerosol sprays.

Defending, Neil O'Driscoll explained to magistrates that Stopp placed a cloth over the aerosol and then inhaled the contents of each can, which was something that he had been doing for the past two or three years. He added that Stopp wanted to go into custody as it would prevent him from committing further offences and also give him an opportunity to sort himself out.

He said: "He is 19-years-old and has 17 previous convictions, all of which relate to the theft of alcohol and aerosols. On May 22 he was sentenced to five months in prison and served half of that sentence. He sofa surfs and does not really have his own address. He wants to get help to try to overcome his addiction."

Stopp was jailed for two months for his most recent shoplifting offence and 30 days for breaching his suspended sentence, which he will serve concurrently.

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