Shirebrook burglar and shoplifter is jailed after he raided a shed and struck at a Co-op

A burglar and thief who raided a shed and stole sweets from a Co-op store has been jailed for two-and-half months.

By The Star Newsroom
Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 13:56

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on November 27 how Ian Gilding Thomas, 31, of Patchwork Row, Shirebrook, stole a Makita impact drive, charger and battery pack from a shed and went on to steal Haribo sweet tubs from a Co-op in the town.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop told a previous hearing that the complainant returned home from work on October 9 and discovered his shed door open and that his Makita impact drive, charger and battery pack were missing.

Pictured is Ian Gilding Thomas, 31, of Patchwork Row, Shirebrook, who has been jailed for ten weeks after he admitted committing a shed burglary, a shop theft and failing to surrender to custody.

The complainant examined CCTV footage, according to Mrs Allsop, and he saw a male wandering around a field at the back of his garden before coming to his shed at Shirebrook.

Thomas told police he had come from a friend’s house on the same street and went over a field and went into the shed after he claimed it was open.

He added that he had sold the stolen items for £20 to an unknown person because he has a £40 a week drug habit.

Thomas, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to entering the shed as a trespasser with intent to steal.

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Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Defence solicitor Julie Page told a previous hearing Thomas has been living as a homeless person but he has recently been allowed to stay with his sister.

She added that he became homeless after a relationship collapsed and he was subject to benefit sanctions and was drug dependent and relying on alcohol.

Thomas’s original case had been adjourned to consider a probation report but he failed to return to court for sentencing on November 13 and a warrant had to be issued for his arrest.

He subsequently admitted failing to surrender to custody and also pleaded guilty to the theft of sweets valued at £40 from a Co-op, on Victoria Street, Shirebrook, on November 5.

The defendant was sentenced to ten weeks of custody and was ordered to pay £170 in compensation.