Chesterfield thief is spared from jail

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A thief has been given a chance to turn his life round after he stole nearly £500 worth of computer games from a store.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, last Thursday, how William Thomas Smith, 38, of Green Farm Close, Chesterfield, stole £176 worth of XBox games and stole another £300 of XBox games four days later from a Tesco store in Chesterfield.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said a security officer spotted Smith during the first offence and he was stopped when he came back to the store and stole more games. Smith pleaded guilty to the two thefts which were committed in December, last year.

Felicity Clarke, defending, said when Smith was arrested for the second offence he admitted the previous theft. Ms Clarke added that Smith had drug issues and when his methadone prescription had been stopped he struggled and was going to sell the stolen items on.

Magistrates sentenced Smith to a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months with drug rehabilitation and supervision. He was also ordered to pay £176 compensation, an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.