hame of thief who stole from mum and brother

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

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.

●● Stephen An­der­son

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