Serial thief struck in Buxton before capture

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A serial thief’s shoplifting spree was brought to an end after he was caught stealing a DVD from a Tesco supermarket.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday how Gareth Tailby, 27, of No Fixed Address, stole clothes from Lomas Stores, in Spring Gardens, Buxton, and committed four more thefts before his capture.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “The defendant went into Lomas Stores and took a top and trousers and put them on and left his original clothes. Staff found the clothes and looked at CCTV which showed him leaving with the stolen items.”

Ms Haslam added Tailby struck at the store again and stole jogging bottoms in a similar manner. The court heard how Tailby went on to commit three more thefts including stealing two DVD players and DVDs from a Co-op, a TV from a Tesco and a DVD player from a Tesco.

Ms Haslam explained Tailby was arrested after the theft of the DVD player at Tesco and police discovered he had been living in a tent at Glossop where they found stolen clothing.

Tailby, who has 63 previous convictions for 118 offences, admitted committing the thefts which happened between June 10 and July 1.

District Judge Andrew Davison said there had been an issue with a drug called Spice which Tailby had been taking and he had been stealing to feed that habit.

Mr Davison recognised Tailby was homeless and adjourned the case until July 28 to consider the possibility of him finding accommodation so a suspended sentence could be considered as an option. Tailby was remanded in custody.