10:57am Friday 4th October 2013
A DANCE school teacher who won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet company has hit the skids after being caught shoplifting from ASDA in Oldbury.
Chronic shoplifter Tasco Lambert had only £7.81 in his pocket but he tried to leave the Asda store in Old Park Lane with £126.36 worth of goods including bottles of vodka..
The 36-year-old who runs a dance company for underpriviledged children in the Birmingham area had an extensive record for shoplifting, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Lambert of Carlisle Road, Edgbaston who cried in the dock during the hearing admitted theft and he was given a two month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.
Judge Martin Walsh told Lambert his list of previous convictions was "appalling" and he added: "You have a very poor record for offences of dishonesty."
Mr Raglan Ashton defending Lambert who was also placed on Supervision for a year told the court, "He is in many ways an impressive individual."
He said Lambert committed the offence "simply because he had no money" and went on: "It was either a lapse or a return to the bad old days. I would say it is just a relapse."
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