Buxton men in court after stealing from Tesco stores

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

Two Buxton men have appeared in court after a number of thefts from Tesco stores across the High Peak.

Adam Whittam, 18, has been given a 12-month community order after stealing hundreds of pounds worth of items.

Whittam, of Cross Street, admitted attempting to steal goods worth £318.51 from the Glossop store on May 24, before returning the following day and taking goods worth £346.85p.

Together with Connor Chambers, 18, of Granby Road, he also admitted stealing various items, including baby milk, from the Whaley Bridge Tesco store on April 20.

Chambers also admitted going into the Tesco Express store in Buxton and stealing two cases of Heineken, worth £24, on April 9.

John Cooper, prosecuting at High Peak Magistrates’ Court, said it was 3.55am on April 9 when Chambers went into the Tesco store before running off with a case of lager under each arm.

The court heard how both Chambers and Whittam were seen on CCTV taking items from Whaley Bridge later the same month.

Then in May, Mr Cooper said, staff at Tesco in Glossop became suspicious of Whittam, who had placed clothes, cosmetics and food into a trolley, before and walking out empty handed.

The following day he returned and this time loaded up the trolley and walked out without paying for the items.

Annis Rowlands, defending Chambers, said on April 9 he had been to a party and while drunk had foolishly decided to go and get some more alcohol.

Chambers was conditionally discharged for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs, £24 compensation and a £20 government surcharge.

The court was told Whittam had been involved in the thefts for personal and financial gain. He had been having arguments with his ex-partner as he was unable to provide for their children and unable to see them.

Whittam, who was not represented in court, said: “I am sorry for what I have done. It is not going to happen again.”

As part of his community order, he must carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work and complete a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He must also pay £346.85p in compensation.