Shoplifter stole shirts while drunk

A THIEF stole several shirts from a charity shop while he was drunk.

Henry Hatch, 41, of Chiltern Drive, was challenged by staff at the St Michael’s Hospice shop after the items, worth £7.50 in total fell onto the floor from his jacket.

At a court hearing on Monday, July 11, Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said Hatch was again caught stealing three days later on May 22 with £2 worth of food from Iceland.

And on May 31 he stole a four-pack of beer from Morrison’s by hiding it under his leather jacket.

Magistrates also heard Hatch failed to comply with a dispersal order issued by police on June 25 after they asked him to leave Cambridge Road and not return for 12 hours because he was drunk and causing problems.

But he returned later that day while the order was still in effect.

Hatch pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and failing to comply with a police dispersal order.

Ronan Crummy, defending, said: “His relationship with his partner of six-and-a-half years came to an end in May and he became depressed so started drinking heavily again and committed these offences.

“His partner suffered a traumatic experience because of a miscarriage and he himself is suffering from depression over this. The defendant is remorseful and has made amends as best he can by apologising to the shops concerned.”

Mr Crummy said Hatch had also voluntarily got treatment for his alcohol misuse.

Magistrates gave Hatch an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered £50 costs.