New Mills thief put whiskey down his trousers

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A prolific shoplifter, whose crimes include stealing whiskey from a shop in New Mills, has escaped jail by receiving a suspended sentence.

On Monday, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard that Matthew Donnellon had 25 previous convictions consisting of 43 offences.

The 39-year-old, of Hyde, admitted taking a bottle of Jack Daniels worth £20 from the Co-op, on Church Road, by putting it down his trousers and walking out the store on October 25.

Prosecutor John Cooper said the defendant told police he didn’t know why he took the whiskey because he didn’t drink.

Donnellon also pleaded guilty to stealing three bottles of Jagermeister worth £46.77 from Waitrose in Cheadle Hulme on August 9 and committing an offence while subject to a conditional discharge.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for the three offences, suspended for 24 months.

Donnellon was also ordered to comply with a community order consisting of a six-month drugs rehabilitation course and a six-month supervision requirement and to pay £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.