Thief stole deodorant because he did not want to smell

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A hygienic thief who was caught stealing two cans of deodorant told police he had no money and did not want to smell badly.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, April 6, how Connor Ibbotson, 21, of James Street, Chesterfield, stole the Lynx deodorants valued at £11.98 belonging to Boots chemist store.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Ibbotson was seen in the store and he went straight to the deodorant section and put two cans in his pocket and went to leave but he was stopped and the property was recovered.

“The defendant admitted the theft and said he didn’t have any money because he is paid every two weeks and his money goes on bills and rent arrears.

“He said he took these items because he doesn’t like to smell horribly.”

Ibbotson, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the theft which happened on March 24.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month conditional discharge but told him that if he commits any further offence in the next year he will be resentenced for the theft from Boots.

Ibbotson was also ordered to pay £85 legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.