A man who stole cash from three Tideswell shops has been given a community order.
Wayne Lowe used a scam called ‘ringing the changes’ to claim back more change than he was entitled to, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.
He went into the Co-op and the Post Office on May 1 and used a note to pay for low value items, telling staff he had in fact handed over more money than he had so he would be given more change, prosecutor John Cooper said.
He also carried out the scam at Peaches fruit and vegetable shop, and later attempted to do the same thing in the same shop on June 4 but staff recognised him and foiled his attempt. In total, he stole £50.
The 45-year-old, of Kingsway South, Warrington, admitted theft and attempted theft.
Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “Mr Lowe is a gentleman with an entrenched record of offending coupled with the misuse of illicit drugs.”
He was given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and ten-week curfew from 7pm to 7am. He must attend an activity programme, pay £100 costs, a £60 surcharge and £50 compensation.