Recycling bin thief is caught red handed

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

A Buxton man stole clothes from a recycling bin and then stole items from the same shop on two consecutive days, a court heard.

Anthony Ryan Rowe was seen on CCTV taking items from the clothes recycling bin at the Waitrose car park in Buxton on August 9, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Rowe half inside the bin and checks revealed he was on bail with conditions not to interfere with any refuse or recycling container in a public place, prosecutor John Cooper said.

A variety of clothing was found in a carrier bag Rowe was carrying with him, the court heard, but he couldn’t account for where it had come from.

He was also seen on CCTV taking items from the bins in the Argos car park, Mr Cooper added.

On August 22, Rowe went into Argos in Buxton, walked into the queue and was then seen crouching down with his back to the CCTV camera, appearing to take items from the shelf.

The store then carried out a stock check and discovered four Sandisks 16GB SDHC cards worth £79.96 were missing.

The following day, Rowe returned to the shop, did the same thing and when stock was checked again, three Sandisks 16GB USB sticks worth £38.97 were missing.

Rowe was identified from the CCTV.

He also took two bars of Dairy Milk chocolate from Sainsbury’s on November 17, the court heard.

The 24-year-old, of Cheedale, admitted theft.

He also admitted failing to surrender to bail after turning up to court late on October 15.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “As far as the clothing, the CCTV footage shows Mr Rowe with various items on the floor. His head and shoulders were in the bin and items were taken from that bin.

“The items were recovered.

“The same can’t be said for the Argos items, they are missing.”

She added: “The sad thing with Mr Rowe is that when looking at him, he looks an awful lot better than he has done in the past. He isn’t as gaunt, he’s not sweaty. He has stopped taking amphetamines.

“The unfortunate downside to that is he has started taking heroin.

“He has got a methadone script and is seeing a drugs worker at Queen’s Court.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until January 5 so a pre-sentence report could be prepared.

Rowe was released on conditional bail.