Wealthy shoplifter stole over 100 leather jackets

Tragic: Iswarduth Nuckcheddy.
Tragic: Iswarduth Nuckcheddy.
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High-flying businessman Iswarduth Nuckcheddy was hardly a typical shoplifter.

He had nearly £250,000 in the bank and lived in a desirable South Yorkshire village with the mortgage on his home paid off.

But despite his apparent wealth the 54-year-old had a bizarre compulsion to shoplift expensive leather jackets.

Police raided his home in Worsbrough, Barnsley, and found more than 100, all in his size, unworn and carefully folded. Some still had security tags. He never sold them on.

Sheffield Crown Court was told the former company director was bored at home, and saw shoplifting as a challenge to beat the security system.

“It is a mystery why this man is stealing,” said Simon Alexander, defending.

Nuckcheddy was made redundant from a senior management position in 2008.

“He received a large and substantial payout and has been living off the capital. He doesn’t need these jackets - he never wears them.”

Nuckcheddy admitted two offences of theft and one of handling and was jailed for six months.

Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said he stole two leather jackets from Debenhams at Meadowhall then went to Leeds and stole another two there.

He was given a community order with a supervision requirement by Leeds magistrates but just two days later on February 20 he was back at Debenhams in Sheffield stealing more leather jackets.

He would try on jackets and walk out wearing them.

Challenged by a member of staff, he initially denied stealing, but then offered to pay.

Police were called in on February 20 and found a stash of 101 leather jackets, valued at £14,000, at his home. He told officers he had not stolen the jackets but forgot to pay.

Nuckcheddy has a string of previous shoplifting offences, stealing items including watches and belts in Beighton, Sheffield, Barnsley and York dating back to 2008.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Kelson said: “You are plainly a persistent and obsessive stealer from shops.”

He said the thefts on February 20 were a ‘cry for help’ rather than for personal gain after he suffered depression following the loss of his job.

“You have nearly a quarter of a million pounds in bank accounts and held important senior roles in companies.

“You are 54 and it is a tragedy you are before the courts at all.

“You are a decent man who has led a decent life and developed of late a substantial problem,” he said.

He must pay compensation to Debenhams.