Only one month after he was released from prison, Justin Poyner used bolt cutters to break in and steal the float at a bingo hall in Coventry. Two days later the drug addict robbed an assistant from the till of a Co-op store. However, despite his record, the 44-year-old was jailed for only 14 months after he pleaded guilty to both charges.
Blondel Thompson, the prosecutor, stated that at 3.50pm on the 15th of January, a staff member at the Gala Bingo in Coventry, was in the gaming machine room and she heard banging from the foyer. The employee went to check and found the junkie behind the counter trying to get into the cupboard using bolt cutters. When she asked him what he was doing, he declared that he is just breaking into the cupboard. The staff member ran to get a manager, and when they returned, Poyner had already escaped with approximately £320, leaving behind the bolt cutters.
About two days later Poyner went into the Heart of England Co-op store, while the only assistant was serving another customer. The junkie put a packet of jelly beans on the counter, and as she was scanning it. Poyner leant over the table. The employee tried to shield the drawer with her hand while opening it. The convict put his hand on hers, so she tried to push it away. However, he grabbed her hand and stole about £50 from the till.