Out-of-work Chesterfield man stole four electric toothbrushes in B&M raids

An out-of-work Chesterfield man stole four electric toothbrushes from B&M’s Ravenside Retail Park store during two raids on the same day, a court heard.

Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 12:33 pm

Michael Smith, 47, told police he targeted the B&M store with “the specific intention” of stealing and sold two brushes to a taxi driver.

Prosecutor Andrew Conboy told Chesterfield Magistrates Court on May 7 around 5.30pm Smith entered the shop with a carrier bag, placed the items inside and left without paying.

Mr Conboy said after his arrest Smith told police “he had done the same thing earlier that day”.

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Michael Smith, 47, told police he targeted the B&M store with “the specific intention” of stealing

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The solicitor added: “He sold the brushes to a taxi driver.”

The court heard Smith had previous convictions for theft and fraud.

Smith, who had no legal representation in court, told magistrates: “I’m sorry - that’s all I can say, I wasn’t working and had been in hospital.”

Magistrates fined Smith £120 and ordered him to pay £50 compensation, a £34 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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