Cavendish Arcade burglar is jailed

A BUXTON man is behind bars again after a court heard he broke into four shops in Cavendish Arcade.

Daniel Jeffrey, 29, entered the centre through the window of an upstairs toilet and turned off the power supply. He then stole a variety of goods from Unique Feet, Bags & Baggage, Eco Republic and Jantar, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

“The following day, police went to an address in Cromford Lane and found him hiding in an outhouse.

“He was in possession of a £210 silver chain and a stolen MP3 player,” said prosecutor Helen Griffiths, adding that police believed he was under the influence of amphetamine during the break-in.

Jeffrey confessed to breaking into the arcade and forcing entry to all four shops. He told police he was alone at the time and had given stolen boots to someone to sell for him.

Jeffrey, recently of no fixed address, appeared in court in custody and admitted burglary on April 11.

He had previous convictions for burglary and drug-related offences of dishonesty. He committed the burglary while on licence after being granted early release from a previous jail term. The justices locked him up for four months.

“I know it sounds strange but the arcade was just somewhere to go initially. He saw an insecure window, entered the building and helped himself to various items,” said Bob Bashforth, for Jeffrey.

“His benefit had recently been stopped but he doesn’t make any excuses.”

Mr Bashforth added: “He accepts he had taken some amphetamine but not that he was under the influence of it or stealing to fund it. He had been clean of heroin and methadone for four months and he says coming off it was hell.”