WISBECH: Hard up migrant worker who stole from Tesco says wife now sends HIM money

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:54 02 June 2010

A MIGRANT worker who fell on hard times stole nearly £30 worth of groceries from a Wisbech supermarket. When Arturs Jakovlevs first came to the UK to work, he sent cash back home to his wife and baby in Latvia, Fenland magistrates were told. But now work

A MIGRANT worker who fell on hard times stole nearly £30 worth of groceries from a Wisbech supermarket.

When Arturs Jakovlevs first came to the UK to work, he sent cash back home to his wife and baby in Latvia, Fenland magistrates were told.

But now work has dried up, and his wife is having to send to him money to support his life in Wisbech.

Jakovlevs, 22, of Conference, Way, Wisbech, admitted stealing £29.82 worth of groceries from Tesco on February 9.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £60 costs.

"He was struggling to make ends meet, he went to the store and was tempted to steal," explained solicitor Oliver Barrett. "He wants to go back to providing for his family.


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