Benefit problems drove dad to theft

A desperate dad stole detergent from a Chesterfield store after he claimed his benefits had been stopped.

Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 8:36 am
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Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Andrew McCreadie, 36, of Didcot Close, Grangewood, Chesterfield, stole £105.22 of detergent from One Stop stores.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting said his partner and child had gone off and he put the washing tablets in a pushchair. Mrs Allsop said McCreadie was spotted on CCTV and told police his benefits had been stopped and he had received £20 from the sale of the goods.

McCreadie who had a conditional discharge for shop theft and has previous convictions for dishonesty pleaded guilty to the latest theft which happened in November last year.

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Defence solicitor Julie Page said McCreadie is doing well to overcome drug problems and he wants to lead a normal life.

Magistrates sentenced him to 15 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with supervision.