A desperate shoplifter who stole coffee and cheese from a supermarket when he was homeless has begun to turn his life around.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how Nathan Mills, 19, of Wessex Close, Brimington, Chesterfield, was spotted stealing goods from a Tesco Express store.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Mills was observed in the Tesco Express store picking up a basket and picking up three jars of coffee and he left without paying for these and other items.
“He said he had been thrown out of home over Christmas and was hungry and he felt that it was better to steal from the store than breaking into his family’s home. He said he was very sorry.”
Mills pleaded guilty to stealing the coffee and cheese valued at £22 after the theft on January 11.
Defence solicitor Steve Brint said Mills used to have problems with legal highs and had been evicted just before Christmas and was homeless with mental health issues and no income.
Mr Brint added: “It was an act of desperation because he had not eaten or had anything to drink for a long time.
“He has since been helped with his benefits and housing and has a social worker attached to him on a regular basis.”
Magistrates sentenced Mills to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £22 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.