Buxton man lands himself in hot water over stolen coffee

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man landed himself in hot water after admitting receiving stolen jars of coffee.

Police investigating shoplifting from the Co-operative and Marks and Spencer stores in Buxton attended the Cornwall Avenue address of Damien McCarron on March 18, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

They saw the man they suspected of being the shoplifter leaving the address so went to speak to McCarron about the thefts, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Once at the property, McCarron said he had just bought three jars of coffee for £10.

He was arrested and interviewed and said an unknown male had come to his address asking if he wanted to buy the coffee.

He said he bought them for £10 which he thought was a good price as the jars usually retailed at £7 each.

Officers checked his kitchen cupboards and found two further jars of coffee which McCarron claimed to have bought from Morrisons. However, the serial numbers matched those of the ones which had been stolen.

The 36-year-old admitted receiving stolen goods to the value of £24.31.

Representing himself in court, he said: “I’d like to apologise for my dishonesty in buying the coffee.

“I was wrong to buy it and I deeply regret buying it.

“I know now that I shouldn’t have bought it and I’d like to apologise to the court and the retailers involved in this case.”

Sentencing him, chairman of the bench Neil Broadbent said: “The prosecutor is right when he says if people buy stolen goods, goods will be stolen.

“At least you realised you’ve done wrong and this is your first offence since 2011 so we are going to deal with you by way of a financial penalty.”

McCarron was fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.