Drug addict jailed for stealing from grandparents - Watford

11/04/2016

Drug addict Harvey Davies was jailed for 27 months today, Monday, 11 April 2016, after admitting stealing from his grandparents.

Davies, aged 27, also threatened staff at Watford's Tesco with a syringe after they had detained him for shoplifting.

St Albans Crown Court heard his crimes were committed to fund his £60 a day heroin habit.

He was homeless in October last year and was put up by his grandparents. While at their home, he stole £1,200, which his grandmother had put in a coat pocket to buy Christmas presents, family jewellery, a TV, Hi Fi, spirits and wines. Some of the jewellery and the Hi Fi were recovered from a pawn broker later.

On 18 February this year, he was stopped by security staff in Watford's Tesco when he had tried to steal DVDs. Davies pulled out a dark red/orange syringe and told them it was used. As a result they let him go and he ran off towards the High Street.

He was caught again after cutting the security tag from a £120 pair of headphones in John Lewis on 03 March.

Davies, of Cheshire Drive, Watford, pleaded guilty to theft and affray. He had 12 convictions for 15 offences. He appeared in court via a video link from Bedford jail.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Warner said: "You took advantage of your grandparents, people who had given you a home and who cared for you. Whatever pressure you were under from your dealer, it was a very mean offence."

The judge said it must have been "thoroughly frightening" for the security staff at Tesco when he produced the syringe.

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