Cigarette raid burns a hole in thief’s pocket

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A thief who stole three electronic cigarettes from a petrol station in Shirland has been ordered to pay £207.97.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, June 17, how Michael Clark, 36, of Kingsley Crescent, Stonebroom, Alfreton, had been visiting his girlfriend who works at the petrol station, on Chesterfield Road, when he snatched the goods.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “Clark’s girlfriend works at the petrol station and this defendant went into the kiosk in the early hours. His girlfriend went to make a drink and he removed the electronic cigarettes from the counter.”

Miss Mahon added the petrol station firm was willing to deal with the matter by restorative justice without the courts if Clark had been willing to apologise and pay back the value of the stolen items but the money was not forthcoming.

Defence solicitor Philip Bloore said: “This was an isolated incident and Mr Clark had had something to drink and that could have affected his judgement. He called in to see his partner and while she was distracted he grabbed three electronic cigarettes. He didn’t particularly want them and didn’t like them.

“At the time, he had been moving address and was not able to take advantage of the offer of restorative justice.”

Jobless Clark pleaded guilty to the theft which was committed in November, last year. Magistrates fined him £73 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £29.97 compensation.