Man admits breaking into Wisbech charity shops and giving himself a haircut

The Hospice shop Wisbech, Manager Dawn Pomfrett with the main door which thieves smashed the bottom right glass panel in the door, before making off with the cash. ANL-150801-171423009
The Hospice shop Wisbech, Manager Dawn Pomfrett with the main door which thieves smashed the bottom right glass panel in the door, before making off with the cash. ANL-150801-171423009

A man has admitted breaking into a charity shop and giving himself a hair cut.

Russian migrant Igor Solins, 24, had been drinking heavily when he smashed his way into two charity shops in Wisbech – the British Heart Foundation shop, in Market Place, and the Norfolk Hospice shop, in Union Street, on January 6.

He broke into the British Heart Foundation shop and stole clothes and computer equipment but left clippings of his own hair on the floor after cutting it off.

Ben Brighouse, prosecuting, told West Norfolk Magistrates, it was “not the most sensible thing to do”.

He said: “There was a large amount of hair left on the kitchen floor.”

Solins also broke into the nearby Norfolk Hospice shop the same night and stole tins of baked beans and coffee.

Solins, who spoke through a Russian interpreter, admitted two charges of theft at a hearing in Lynn on February 9.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said he had been in Britain for four years and had no previous convictions and had recently lost his job after an accident in a kebab shop.

Solins was released on bail to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.

A warrant has been issued for a second defendant who failed to answer bail.

Staff at the Norfolk Hospice shop had estimated the total cost of the raid to be £1,000.