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Prison for police station thief.

Byline: By Paul Beard

A MAN who was on bail for burglary when he stole drugs from a doctor's bag at a police station has been jailed.

Nicholas Langston had pleaded guilty to burgling a shop in Marston Green, and two charges of theft.

At Warwick Crown Court Langston, 34, of Liverpool Croft, Marston Green, was jailed for 18 months.

Aliya Rashid, prosecuting, said that in the early hours Langston and an accomplice broke into Pieroth Ltd, in Elmdon Road, and stole pounds 400-worth of wine.

Langston was arrested after his blood was found on broken glass, and told officers he had been under the influence of diazepam.

Langston, who tested positive for both heroin and cocaine, said he and his accomplice had sold the wine to raise money for drugs.

He was bailed, and the following month he was arrested again after going into Sainsbury's in Solihull and stealing razor blades and other goods worth pounds 101.

He was taken to Solihull police station where he was examined by a police doctor, during which he managed to steal a pack of 24 diazepam tablets from the doctor's bag.

Michael Duck, defending, said: "His contact with drugs started almost two decades ago when he was 15, and by the age of 17 he was involved with heroin and has been fighting that addiction ever since."

Judge James Pyke told him: "You have a very long history of repeated and determined dishonesty."
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