A prolific thief has been ordered to pay £178 after he stole a packet of sweets.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, June 17, how Andrew Marshall, 33, of Malson Way, Chesterfield, bought milk at the town’s Tesco Extra but stole a packet of sweets valued at only £1.95.
Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “There was a shop theft at Tesco Extra on May 21 where the defendant paid for milk but was caught putting sweets in his pocket.”
The court heard how jobless Marshall, who pleaded guilty to theft, has 16 previous offences for theft on his record.
He told the court: “I had had a drink and bought a pint of milk and felt hungry and stuck the sweets in my pocket.”
Marshall was ordered to pay £178 including a £73 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Magistrate Mrs Reece told Marshall if it had not been for his record he may have received a conditional discharge.