Man stole electric toothbrushes ‘after seeing advert on TV’

High Peak Magistrates' Court
High Peak Magistrates' Court

A Buxton man stole two electric toothbrushes worth £249 each on consecutive days from the same Buxton store, a court heard.

Joseph Steven Robinson, 19, and an accomplice, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went to the Boots store in Spring Gardens on March 28.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting, said the pair selected a Phillips Sonica Electric Toothbrush, and took it to the back of the shop where they removed the security tags.

The accomplice then left the store with the toothbrush.

The following day they did exactly the same, only this time it was Robinson who had the toothbrush in his possession as he left the store.

Robinson, of High Street, was arrested on March 31 and when interviewed said they had taken the toothbrushes after seeing an advert on TV.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said the CCTV evidence was clear from the store and he had immediately admitted his part in the two thefts.

She said Robinson was a bit too easily led by others, particularly when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Ms Rowlands said a drug rehabilitation requirement would appear to address underlying concerns.

She said it was clear he was susceptible to peer pressure when uninhibited by drugs: “He does silly things and does recognise that.”

Robinson was given a 12-month community order with 60 hours’ unpaid work and a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

The latest order will run alongside one imposed earlier this year for taking a vehicle without consent.

Magistrate Robert Watmough warned Robinson: “The way you are progressing with these crimes you could soon find yourself going to prison.

“It really is down to you now.

“You have made a few bad choices, but you are still young and can still put it right.”

Robinson was also ordered to pay £249 compensation and £85 costs.