The thief who stole Viagra from a drugstore is “not a hardened criminal”

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Thief who stole Viagra from drugstore ‘not hardened criminal’, own lawyer told magistrates

  • Stephen Cooper, 46, stole erection enhancing pills from Lloyds Pharmacy
  • The offense took place eight days after police executed a drug warrant at his home
  • Cooper admitted to possession of a Class B drug and theft from a store
  • His lawyer said the offenses were very low and Viagra was intended for Cooper’s use.
  • He added: “He entered into a relationship and needed the Viagra to enable him to keep up with the young woman with whom he had entered into the relationship.”










A thief who stole Viagra from a drugstore is “not a hardened criminal,” his lawyer told magistrates.

Stephen Cooper, 46, stole the erection enhancing pills from Lloyds Pharmacy in Leek, Staffordshire on March 19 after starting a new relationship with a woman.

The offense took place eight days after police executed a drug warrant at his home and found £ 10 worth of cannabis in his room, the Sentry stoke reports.

Cooper admitted to possession of a Class B drug and theft from a store, and was conditionally released for 12 months at the North Staffordshire Justice Center.

His attorney Iain Haley said in mitigation the offenses were very low level and Viagra was for Cooper’s personal use.

He added: “He entered into a relationship and needed the Viagra to enable him to keep up with the young woman he had entered into. He is not a hardened criminal.

Stephen Cooper, 46, stole the erection enhancing pills from Lloyds Pharmacy in Leek, Staffordshire on March 19 after starting a new relationship with a woman (stock image)

Prosecutor Karen Wright told the hearing that four weeks before the offense in question, Cooper had gone to the pharmacy and “attempted to steal four packets of Viagra.”

She added: “He apologized. The store did not notify the police but banned him because they have a zero tolerance policy and he left the pharmacy.

“On March 19, staff noticed him inside the store… They saw him put a packet of Viagra in a bag and run out of the store.”

WHAT IS VIAGRA?

Viagra is a medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction.

It increases blood flow to the penis to help men get an erection. At least two-thirds of men have improved erections after taking it.

Viagra is also sometimes used to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs).

This medication is available by prescription and can also be purchased at most pharmacies.

It comes in the form of tablets that you swallow, chewable tablets, and liquids that you drink.

Source: NHS

Cooper was ordered to pay £ 35 in compensation and a surcharge of £ 22.

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