Stole from bins and handled stolen goods

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

A Buxton man who admitted handling stolen goods, theft, and drugs offences has been given a community order.

On August 2, a laptop belonging to Christopher Bean was stolen from the front seat of his van, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. Darren Eckersley later bought the laptop but when he took it to a friend’s house to unlock it for him, a warning message flashed up that it had been stolen and the internet address had been logged so police could trace it, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Eckersley later told police he had paid £50 for the computer but wouldn’t say where he had got it from.

Police were alerted to suspicious activity in Spring Gardens, Buxton, on October 8 and found Eckersley carrying golf clubs down the street. These were found to have belonged to the Age UK shop and had been taken from their bin, the court heard.

While searching Eckersley, officers found a bag containing white powder, later identified to be amphetamine.

He also stole mobile phone sim cards from the bin of the O2 shop on October 20, and greetings cards valued at £40 belonging to Lomas Foods, again from a bin on the same day.

Eckersley, 43, of Fairfield Road, admitted two counts of theft, two counts of handling stolen goods and possessing a class B drug.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said Eckersley had a long-standing drugs problem, which led to his offending, but that he was taking steps to address it.

He was given a community order with a ten week curfew between 7pm and 7am. He must also pay a £60 surcharge.