A MAN who went on a spree of burglaries and thefts and used cards he stole in Tesco and KFC said he’d “blackout” when he offended.

Patrick Christopher Olivier, 44, of Ashley Road, Poole, stole tills, cash and even stole a bank card from Poole Hospital and spent hundreds of pounds on the cards fraudulently.

The defendant admitted all the thefts, burglaries and frauds, spanning between June 2020 and January 2021. He appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday, January 13.

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Prosecuting, Stuart Ellacott told the court the first offence occurred on July 30, 2020 in the Co-op in Ashley Road.

Olivier walked past tills and ripped out a drawer containing money, he was believed to have taken around £200.

On August 6, 2020, Olivier pulled open the till drawer in the same store and stole approximately £80.

The defendant, on September 26, 2020, entered Yoga Studios in Ringwood Road wearing a face mask and stole between £80 and £150 in cash.

In October 2020, Olivier entered the staff room of Loch Fyne in Haven Road and stole a card. The card was then used at Tesco and a petrol station to the sum of £143.

Olivier also stole a card from Boots in Broadstone and went one to spend £151 at Esso. The court heard Olivier stole a card and then went on to withdraw £500.

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He was arrested in November when police found him to be in possession of 6.31g of cannabis.

On November 21, Olivier attended Poole Hospital for treatment on injuries. He stole another patient’s belongings, including a bank card which he used on two occasions to the total of £134.

There were further burglaries in September 2020 and January 2021.

Olivier had a host of previous convictions, including burglaries, dating back to the early 1990s, stopping in 2016.

Mitigating, Robert Grey said the defendant’s mental health deteriorated as a result of the Covid lockdown and because he was being stalked.

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He said this deterioration led to the offending and the defendant “blackouts” and imagines himself as his “former self”.

Judge Stephen Climie sentenced Olivier to a three year community order and ordered him to carry out 40 rehabilitation requirement days.

The judge said: “I doubt you have any real understanding of how distressing the loss of that type of personal property and the consequences in terms of time to be spent with banks and for the concern of what may be stolen.

“I have a policy which I stick to. It is very clear, you ask for a chance. Whether it is a community order, I give you that.

“Then, if you commit an offence in the next three years, if you don’t do as you’re told, you will be back in front of me going straight to prison.”

Dorset Police declined to release his custody image.