Chesterfield shoplifter caught after revisiting crime scene

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sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

A shoplifter who was spotted during a visit to Toys R Us was identified and linked to a theft at the store.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, July 9, how Gareth Lovejoy, 36, of Brockhill Court, Brimington, Chesterfield, was linked to CCTV footage from a previous visit which shows him stealing six DVDs.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Lovejoy visited the store in June and was arrested after he was recognised for an offence committed on May 19 after CCTV showed a male taking six DVDs valued at £60 without paying for them. He admitted he had stolen these items and said he had stolen them to sell them on for drugs while his prescription for methadone was being sorted.”

Lovejoy, who has previous convictions for theft, pleaded guilty to the theft of the DVDs from May 19.

The probation service explained police had confirmed Lovejoy’s identity from the CCTV footage.

Lovejoy revealed he was on methadone, according to the probation service, but that was stopped and he stole to buy heroin.

The court heard how Lovejoy has not worked due to depression and relapsed into drugs after his mother’s death.

He told the court: “When I got out of prison in April I made an appointment at Bayheath House and got the wrong date and didn’t get a methadone prescription.

“But now I am stable on the methadone though I am still using heroin occasionally.”

Magistrates sentenced Lovejoy to a 12-month community order with a drug rehabilitation and a 12-week curfew. He was also ordered to pay a £180 court charge and £60 compensation.