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Prolific Chesterfield thief with 114 crimes walks free from court

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A serial thief with 113 previous convictions for thefts and similar offences has walked free from court after he was caught shoplifting.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday how Shaun Nicholson, 45, of St Helen’s Street, Chesterfield, was spotted escaping from a Spar, at Walton, on a scooter with five stolen bottles of Persil.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “I don’t know if he considers theft as his employment or his hobby. He has 113 previous convictions for thefts and kindred offences from between 1986 and 2015.

“During this 114th offence, he went into the Spar and CCTV shows him secreting bottles of washing-up liquid into a satchel and he left without paying on a motor scooter.”

Police tracked Nicholson down from the CCTV and the scooter insurance details. The defendant pleaded guilty to the theft which happened on August 31.

Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said: “He has been doing well on a previous supervision order but he had a sanction from the Benefits Agency and resorted to doing what he knows is wrong. He has had a significant history with drug use but is fully clean and I hope to draw you away from imposing a custodial sentence.”

Magistrates sentenced Nicholson to a six-week curfew. He must also pay £320 in compensation, costs and charges.