Addict blames crime spree on drugs

A HEROIN addict went from stealing a bottle of milk from a service station to a doctor's prescription pad on a day he was under the influence of the drug.

Darren Stefan Butts, 41, then tried to claim a prescription at a chemist before staff twigged that he forged the document on March 19.

The spree began at 1.30pm at the North Ipswich Caltex, when Butts placed an iced coffee in his girlfriend's handbag before paying for two small milk drinks. The pair left without paying for the $5.60 drink.

At 4pm Butts stole his doctor's prescription pad from under her desk during an appointment in Inala. He presented a forged script at a pharmacy in Walloon at 6pm, where it was recognised as a forgery.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Butts could not remember stealing the pad as he was affected by drugs at the time. He pleaded guilty to stealing, unauthorised dealing with shop goods and uttering a forged document.

He also admitted to stealing a $125 chainsaw from Goodna Cash Converters on April 8 and $20 of fuel in 2008.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess sentenced Butts to two years probation and ordered him to pay restitution.



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