hame of thief who stole from mum and brother
ATHIEF raided his mum’s bank account and little brother’s piggy bank, a court heard.
Stephen James Anderson, 20, embarked on a £634 thieving spree which targeted his mum and seven-year-old brother at their home in Macclesfield between April and June this year.
He stole £505 from his mum’s bank account and a Kindle Fire HD tablet, as well as DVDs and £1.69 from his brother.
Anderson, now of Grange Park Avenue, Wilmslow, admitted three charges of theft at Macclesfield magistrates’ court.
Jonathan Egan, prosecuting, said: “The first report of theft was by the defendant’s mother Louise Anderson at her home on Maple Avenue, Macclesfield, where between March 4 and April 7 a sum of £505 was taken from her bank account.
“Police tried to arrange a caution for the offence but the defendant didn’t attend the appointment.
“Then on June 6 there was a further report of theft.
“The victim of this offence was the defendant’s brother.
“He had stolen three DVDS and £1.79 from a piggy bank.
“These were retrieved from a pawnbrokers on Mill Street, Macclesfield.
“Then there was a further theft on June 13 of a Kindle Fire HD tablet valued at £120 belonging to his mother.
“When he was arrested he told police that he had spent the money on ‘weed’ cannabis and food. He told officers in interview that he knew he was going to get kicked out so he wanted to ‘go out in style’.”
District judge Bridget Knight ordered probation reports to explain Anderson’s sudden ‘meltdown’ in his relationship with his mother.
Probation officer Mike Isherwood told the court Anderson’s upbringing had been a struggle.
He said: “He has not had the easiest of upbringing.
“His father went to prison for a serious offence.
“Another father figure was a cocaine user.
“He had to cope with a lot and fend for himself from an early age.
“He started using cannabis at 15 and then moved on to other drugs, thankfully not heroin. “His actions appear to be a desperate bid for attention.”
TimEdgeley, defending, said: “These are distasteful offences stealing from his own mother. Their relationship broke down many years ago.
“He is now living with his mother’s parents, has a job and is doing well.”
District judge Knight sentenced Anderson to a three-month community order with supervision.
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