A homeless thief repeatedly stole cheese and coffee from two Chesterfield stores to sell on while he was homeless and struggling with drug abuse.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, November 24, how Andrew Marshall, now of Malson Way, Peveril, Chesterfield, stole cheese and twice stole coffee from a One Stop store and twice stole cheese from a Spar store.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “During the first offence CCTV footage shows Marshall picking up 13 pieces of cheese without paying at One Stop.
“At the same store later in the day he took four jars of Nescafe and on the following day he entered the same store and stole three more jars of coffee without paying and he was not stopped.
“The remaining offences were committed at Spar at Whittngton Moor, Chesterfield, where a supervisor saw Marshall placing a large quantity of cheese into a bag and she challenged him and some items were recovered but others were not returned.
“Prior to this offence, Marshall was also seen on CCTV at The Spar with blocks of cheese and then seen leaving without paying.”
Marshall told police he stole cheese and coffee to sell and uses the money he makes for living purposes and to occasionally pay for drugs because he takes methadone and tops this up with heroin.
Marshall pleaded guilty to three thefts at the One-Stop during September and to two thefts at the Spar in October. Defence solicitor Philip Bloor said Marshall was homeless but he now has benefits and an address. Magistrates sentenced Marshall to an 18 month community order with supervision and drug rehabilitation. He must pay a £60 victim surcharge, £85 costs and £138.92 compensation.