Man steals vodka to help pay debts

A man stole four bottles of vodka from a Glossop shop to help pay off a £4,500 debt, a court heard.

Colin McKelvie went into the Co-op store on Norfolk Street on June 3 and took four one-litre bottles of vodka, valued at £97, before leaving without paying, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He was then stopped by police at Glossop railway station when the bottles were recovered, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

In interview, he said he had come to Glossop from his address in Dukinfield, with the intention to steal.

McKelvie, 41, of Forest Close, admitted theft. He also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender after missing a court appearance on June 19.

Andrew Gilmore, defending, said: “He was not stealing to fund a drug habit. He has considerable debts of £4,500 in council tax, money owed to other lenders and fines.”

He said he had missed court in June because he had to wait for a joiner to make his flat secure after he lost his keys and had to break in.

McKelvie was given a six month community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement and supervision. He must also pay £40 costs and a £60 surcharge.