Shop thief found in possession of knife

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

A Buxton man who stole £42 worth of items from the town’s Aldi store was also found to be in possession of a knife, a court heard.

Mark Anderson was seen to go into the Station Road store at around 4pm on December 30 and select items from the shelves and place them in a carrier bag, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

When confronted by staff, he offered to pay for the items but was taken to the staff canteen to await the arrival of the police, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Anderson was then seen by staff to conceal a small bag in his trousers, which was later found by officers and discovered to be amphetamine. Inside the rucksack he was carrying, a lock knife was also found, Mr Cooper said.

A search of his home address on Fairfield Road was then carried out and cannabis and cannabis resin were both found at the property.

In interview, Anderson admitted going to the store to do his shopping.

He said he had money on him but as he was walking around, he thought about how easy it would be to take the items. He added that he felt ashamed and embarrassed.

He told officers that he used the knife when out walking or for bike rides to carve pieces of wood and added that he wasn’t sure whether it had still been in his bag or not at the time.

The 48-year-old admitted possessing a bladed article, theft from a shop and two counts of possessing a class B drug.

John Bunting, defending, said: “There is nothing in the circumstances of the offence which suggests any propensity for violence.

“The knife in question was a lock knife with a blade of about two inches.

“Were it not a lock knife, it would not be an offence to carry it.

“It is only the fact that it has got a locking mechanism that makes it so.

“It was concealed inside a bicycle repair kit and the defendant’s bicycle was outside the shop.

“He didn’t know it was an offence to carry it.”

He added: “The theft is unexplained.

“It was a foolish decision. He had got enough money to pay.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

He added that the drugs found were for Anderson’s personal use.

Anderson was given a community order with a 12-week curfew from 7pm to 7am.

He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knife and the drugs.