Three people to be sentenced for drug theft from chemist

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THREE people will be sentenced next month after drugs were stolen in a burglary on a chemist.

Police arrested a man nearby carrying a carton of drugs stolen from Clayfields Pharmacy, on Oxford Road, Hartlepool.

He claimed the raiders had called at his home late at night asking him to pick up some of the haul, which they had dropped during their getaway, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Paul Currer said an eye-witness identified some of the burglars and the Crown was prepared to accept a plea to a handling charge from the man, after two others admitted the November 16 burglary and theft of medication.

Stephen Ross, 43, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the burglary. Lee Normanton, 37, of Worcester Gardens, Hartlepool, pleaded not guilty to burglary, but admitted assisting in the retention of stolen goods.

A third man pleaded guilty in magistrates’ court to burglary. All three will be sentenced next month.