JAILED: Gang who stole from ‘almost every town in Dorset’ to fund heroin habit

JAILED: Gang who stole from ‘almost every town in Dorset’ to fund heroin habit

CAGED: Christopher Riddell

CAGED: Lesley Moir

CAGED: Steven Young

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A GANG of thieves who stole from ‘almost every town in Dorset’ to fund their heroin addictions have been jailed.

Lesley Moir, Christopher Riddell and Steven Young had a shopping list of items to steal to order, Dorchester Crown Court heard.

They embarked on a campaign of organised thefts throughout last year in which they stole in excess of £5,000 of goods from stores in areas including Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport, Blandford, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Poole, Wimborne, Broadstone and Corfe Mullen.

Young told police he met Moir and Riddell at Narcotics Anonymous meetings and, thinking they were clean, invited them to stay at his home in Hasler Road, Poole.

But the father-of-three, aged 34, relapsed to ‘epic proportions’ in their company, the court heard.

With Christmas approaching, the gang was given a list of items to obtain, such as gift sets, electric toothbrushes and epilators, prosecutor Anita Gibson Lee said.

The court heard that the main target had been Boots.

Young admitted stealing more than 200 items of No.7 make-up from the Blandford store in one day.

The gang was caught when CCTV linked Riddell’s car, which was used as the getaway vehicle, to several of the incidents.

He admitted being one of the drivers but would not say who else had driven the car because they didn’t have insurance, the court was told.

In mitigation Nicholas Robinson said Riddell was ‘not an unintelligent man’ but that drugs had ‘diluted his conscience’.

Moir, who has appeared in court on 36 occasions for 70 offences, said the gang had also stolen items from Waitrose, Co-op and Tesco stores.

All three were urged by Judge Roger Jarvis to tackle their addictions.

Sentencing Moir and Riddell to 12 months and Young to 10 months, he said: “There is such a shame when the court deals with heroin addicts because there is so often so much potential gone wasted.

“It is corrosive to your relationships with the people who are close to you. The only people who can find the strength and determination to rid yourselves of this abuse are you.

“Help is available – you have all had it in the past, but you are continuing with your abuse.

“This sort of offence can only be dealt with by an immediate custodial sentence.”

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7:19am Fri 24 Jan 14

Mike Oxbig says...

Cut their dirty little hands off.
Cut their dirty little hands off. Mike Oxbig
  • Score: 13

7:31am Fri 24 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

It took 12months to catch what appears to be the doppiest bunch of organises criminals this side of the Watford scorch Mark . Netting £5000 to satisfy the heroine addiction of three people,hard to believe they would be asked to steal such low value items.sound more like an easy "cop"
It took 12months to catch what appears to be the doppiest bunch of organises criminals this side of the Watford scorch Mark . Netting £5000 to satisfy the heroine addiction of three people,hard to believe they would be asked to steal such low value items.sound more like an easy "cop" kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

7:35am Fri 24 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Their going to love Steven Young in Nick being able to pick up Skye
Their going to love Steven Young in Nick being able to pick up Skye kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 7

10:02am Fri 24 Jan 14

skydriver says...

These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming.
These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming. skydriver
  • Score: 7

10:44am Fri 24 Jan 14

poolegirl13 says...

I agree with skydive. People getting caught for less get more punishment. I was once done over by these people. They are out for themselves and don't care about the consequences.
I agree with skydive. People getting caught for less get more punishment. I was once done over by these people. They are out for themselves and don't care about the consequences. poolegirl13
  • Score: 11

11:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

And no doubt that thieving scum's house in Haslar Road, Canford Heath is being paid for by the benefits system….. I hope they remove his tenancy and let him sleep on the streets when he gets out. It's no more than he deserves!
And no doubt that thieving scum's house in Haslar Road, Canford Heath is being paid for by the benefits system….. I hope they remove his tenancy and let him sleep on the streets when he gets out. It's no more than he deserves! we-shall-see
  • Score: 9

2:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Dibbles2 says...

She looks like the lady in the Poppy tin photo.
She looks like the lady in the Poppy tin photo. Dibbles2
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

Apparently Stephen Young was caught when his ears refused to leave the car he was in!!
Apparently Stephen Young was caught when his ears refused to leave the car he was in!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 7

4:49pm Fri 24 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Were they caught because she had no underarm hair?
Were they caught because she had no underarm hair? suzigirl
  • Score: 2

4:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

skydriver wrote:
These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming.
Who? The share holders of Boots. How much do you think £5k worth of shoplifting affects their share price?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming.[/p][/quote]Who? The share holders of Boots. How much do you think £5k worth of shoplifting affects their share price? HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -3

11:58am Sun 26 Jan 14

BH18 says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
skydriver wrote:
These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming.
Who? The share holders of Boots. How much do you think £5k worth of shoplifting affects their share price?
We all pay higher shop prices because of thieves.Nothing to do with shareholders.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: These idiots only got months it should have been the same in years, minimum those who have suffered from these low life individuals must be fuming.[/p][/quote]Who? The share holders of Boots. How much do you think £5k worth of shoplifting affects their share price?[/p][/quote]We all pay higher shop prices because of thieves.Nothing to do with shareholders. BH18
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Dlt_debz says...

As someone who has dealt with one of the memebers of this gang I can tell you that from the financial point of view it does have a big impact on prices of items as well as share prices when it comes to theft in general but they are so prolific that most people who have had dealings with them will never forget them, I had a confrontation with Lesley Moir when she shoplifted from the store that i work for with two of her other shop lifting friends on christmas eve 6 years ago, luckly there was 3 other members of staff to back me up as the abuse (all verbal) that i personally received was disgusting and if i hadn't had so many other colleges there to back me up (even though they said nothing) i'm certain it would have been much worse, i have never encountered the other two that have been jailed with her this time around but Lesley has been a theif for at least the last 8 years and as the report says she has been to court 36 times already so i doubt that a 12 month sentence will deter her, i even already have a picture of her displayed in my bosses office ready for when she is released so that all new staff know who she is
As someone who has dealt with one of the memebers of this gang I can tell you that from the financial point of view it does have a big impact on prices of items as well as share prices when it comes to theft in general but they are so prolific that most people who have had dealings with them will never forget them, I had a confrontation with Lesley Moir when she shoplifted from the store that i work for with two of her other shop lifting friends on christmas eve 6 years ago, luckly there was 3 other members of staff to back me up as the abuse (all verbal) that i personally received was disgusting and if i hadn't had so many other colleges there to back me up (even though they said nothing) i'm certain it would have been much worse, i have never encountered the other two that have been jailed with her this time around but Lesley has been a theif for at least the last 8 years and as the report says she has been to court 36 times already so i doubt that a 12 month sentence will deter her, i even already have a picture of her displayed in my bosses office ready for when she is released so that all new staff know who she is Dlt_debz
  • Score: 1

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