Thief fled with haul of games

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A desperate thief stole nearly £500 worth of computer games after he twice targeted a Tesco store in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, January 14, how William Thomas Smith, 38, of Green Farm Close, Chesterfield, stole £176 worth of XBox games and stole another £300 of XBox games four days later from the same Tesco store.

Prosecuting solicitor Angela Hadfield said: “A security officer at Tesco on December 15, last year, had his attention drawn to Smith by the CCTV system in the store and £176 worth of XBox games were taken by the defendant without payment.

“The defendant was back in the store on December 19, last year, when £300 of XBox games taken.

“He was stopped and the games were recovered in relation to the last of the two offences.”

Smith, who has a previous conviction for shop lifting, pleaded guilty to the two thefts.

Defence solicitor Felicity Clarke said: “When Mr Smith was arrested for the second offence he also admitted the previous theft.

“He is a groundsman and is self-employed and has struggled to find work and is living with a friend.

“There is a drug issue to consider and when his methadone prescription has been stopped he struggles. He needed money to live and he was going to sell the stolen items on.”

Magistrates adjourned the case to consider a probation report before sentencing on Thursday, January 22.