Stole Christmas gifts

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A New Mills man stole from a Whaley Bridge shop so he could give his family and friends Christmas presents, a court heard.

Ryan O’Keefe went into the Co-operative Pharmacy on November 5 where he handed over a prescription for some medication, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

But while waiting for his prescription to be prepared, he was seen crouching down and taking items from the shelf before collecting his medication and leaving the store without paying, prosecutor John Cooper said.

O’Keefe, 31, of Buxton Road, admitted stealing a David Beckham Instinct Sport gift set valued at £9.99 and a Yankee Candle gift set valued at £20.

In interview, he told police he had taken the David Beckham set to give to his brother at Christmas and he was planning on giving the candles to a neighbour.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “It was an opportunistic theft, it was not pre-planned.”

O’Keefe was fined £74 and ordered to pay £20 compensation, £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.