Man stole to eat

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A HUNGRY South Normanton man went shoplifting to raise money during a spell living rough, a court heard.

Stephen Mycroft wrapped tin-foil around a whisky bottle and its security tag in a bid to bypass store alarms at Tesco in Clay Cross.

He put the bottle in a bag and left but he was detained outside by security staff and the whisky was recovered.

“He said he intended to sell the whisky,” Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.

Mycroft (55) was in further trouble on April 24 when he was seen on CCTV leaving a Co-Op store without paying for two packs of bacon.

“He said he had been evicted from his council home eight weeks earlier and he was homeless and had no benefit.

“He intended to sell the meat to raise funds to purchase a ready-cooked meal,” added Ms Manning.

Mycroft, currently living in Lansbury Drive, South Normanton, appeared in court in police custody.

He admitted both thefts and breaching bail by failing to attend a court hearing on Monday, April 23. He had previous convictions for similar offences, the most recent being on March 16.

“He has started to amass a portfolio of convictions. He was stealing to raise money or feed himself because he was homeless,” said Joe Harvey, for Mycroft.

Mr Harvey said Mycroft suffered from depression and he had forgotten to attend court after losing his medication.

The bench imposed a one-year probation supervision order and 40 hours unpaid work, with £85 costs.