Plymouth man with 'galloping alcohol problem' stole bag
A MAN with a "galloping alcohol problem" stole a woman's handbag from a pub, a court heard.
Stefan Brown, aged 33, took the drinker's bag while she was at the bar, Plymouth magistrates were told.
Brown, of Stott Close, Efford, admitted theft of the bag containing a mobile phone, car keys, cash and other belongings on December 16.
Magistrates adjourned sentence so that Brown can be assessed by a probation officer.
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Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the woman left the bag on her table when she went to the bar in the Firkin Doghouse in Union Street at about 9.45pm.
He added she then noticed a stranger at the table and by the time she returned the handbag was gone.
Mr McCarthy said police were called and Brown was arrested nearby just over an hour later. He had the woman's bank cards.
Patrick Somerville, for Brown, said he was under the influence of drink at the time of the offence.
He added: "He has been in and out of custody and has a galloping problem with alcohol."
Mr Somerville said he would continue to go in and out of prison until his alcohol problem was tackled.
Magistrates bailed Brown to attend court again for sentence on January 14.