Court gives shoplifter a second chance after Chesterfield theft

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A shoplifter has been given a chance to turn his life around after he said he is hoping to get treatment for drug problems.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, April 10, how Paul Hardcastle, 26, of Circular Drive, Renishaw, stole a bottle of vodka from Tesco, on Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Robert Carr said a security guard noticed Hardcastle and he had a number of items including a bottle of vodka.

The defendant paid for items, according to Mr Carr, but was caught with the stolen vodka in his jacket.

Hardcastle pleaded guilty to stealing the vodka after the incident on March 14.

He said: “I don’t know why the offence had been committed. I was a bit drunk.”

Hardcastle also told the court that he was seeking treatment for drug problems.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month conditional discharge and warned if he commits another offence he will be re-sentenced for all matters. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.