Thief caught with haul of 25 chocolate bars

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A man who attempted to steal chocolate from a Glossop store admitted three other offences when he appeared in court this week.

On September 15, Jason Lee Smith went into the Tesco petrol station and was seen filling a bag with bars of chocolate before attempting to leave the store, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. But he was challenged by a staff member and handed over 25 bars of chocolate, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Smith, 39, of Lower Market Street, Broadbottom, admitted attempting to steal from Tesco and also asked for three other offences to be taken into consideration.

On September 18, he was seen on CCTV taking items from the town’s Pets at Home store before leaving without paying, and on September 21 he again took items from the same store without paying, Mr Cooper added.

On the same day, he attempted to steal chicken valued at £9.70 from Mettrick’s Butchers in Glossop.

Steve Higgins, defending, said: “Mr Smith is a heroin addict and is currently in receipt of a methadone prescription.”

Smith was conditionally discharged for 12 months, ordered to pay £85 costs, £38.70 compensation and a £15 surcharge.