A MAN stole perfume from a store in a bid to buy drugs and alcohol.

Marcus Lettice, of Lonsbrough Flats, Southgate, appeared before Kirklees magistrates. He admitted stealing from the King Street branch of Boots twice in four days.

Magistrates heard that he had turned to crime again after his long-term partner died from cancer.

Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that on November 6 a store detective watched as Lettice selected three bottles of fragrance and concealed them in a bag. The staff member followed 32-year-old Lettice but he got away.

The detective recognised Lettice when he returned to the store on November 10. This time he was stopped. In total Lettice had stolen over £200 worth of perfume.

Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, said that Lettice’s past offending was consistent with somebody with a Class A drugs problem.

He said that a long spell in prison in 2009 for burglary helped him get clean. But Lettice then started stealing again this year.

Mr Slawinski said that his happened because his partner died and he struggled to cope.

Magistrates gave Lettice a community order with a curfew for eight weeks.

They also ordered him to pay £60 victim surcharge and £66 compensation for the fragrances not recovered.