Shoplifter stole £608 of computer goods from store

A thief who stole £608 of computer equipment from a Sainsbury's store in Ripley has been given 80 hours of unpaid work.

Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 9:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 9:31 am
Sainsbury's at Ripley.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, January 3, how Tomas Semionov, 28, of Broughton Drive, Newark-on-Trent, was spotted holding a shoulder bag at the Sainsbury’s store on Nottingham Road, at Ripley, while another man was loading it with the computer equipment.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “An off-duty member of staff from another Sainsbury’s store was in the Nottingham Road branch and she saw the two males. Semionov had a shoulder bag and another male was putting items in it and the off-duty staff member confronted both males.”

The court heard how the second male has not been traced but Semionov was stopped and the stolen goods were recovered.

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Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop highlighted that there had been professional hallmarks involved in Tomas Semionov’s shoplifting raid at Sainsbury’s in Ripley.

She said: “There were some professional hallmarks involved. The defendant was not a local man to this store and had travelled from Newark and another person was involved and they travelled to steal relatively high valued goods.”

Semionov, of Broughton Drive, Newark-on-Trent, said: “I know I have done a mistake and that’s it. I am sorry.”

Semionov pleaded guilty to the theft after the offence on December 12.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.