Bur­glar banned from leav­ing home at night

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A BUR­GLAR who stole from four town cen­tre shops has walked free from court – but has been banned from leav­ing his home at night.

Jonathan Paul Stephen­son, 36, was caught after forc­ing his way into Mimi’s and Book Ex­change to steal hand­bags and DVDs on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 8.

He was ar­rested within hours and ap­peared at South Cheshire mag­is­trates court on Jan­uary 9.

Stephen­son, of Ken­dal Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted hav­ing en­tered Mimis as a tres­passer to steal five hand­bags to the value of £164. He also ad­mit­ted hav­ing en­tered Book Ex­change as a tres­passer to steal DVDs to the value of £80.

At the hear­ing Stephen­son, of Ken­dal Road, Mac­cles­field, also ad­mit­ted steal­ing three DVDs worth £12 from Ar­gos in Mac­cles­field on Septem­ber 28, 2014, and tak­ing a can­dle worth £19 be­long­ing to Yan­kee Can­dles on Cas­tle Street on Oc­to­ber 4, 2014.

Stephen­son was sentenced to eight weeks in prison sus­pended for a year. He was also given a com­mu­nity or­der with 12 months of su­per­vi­sion from pro­ba­tion staff and a 10-week cur­few ban­ning him from leav­ing his home be­tween 7pm and 7am. He was also or­dered to pay £745 com­pen­sa­tion for the stolen items and £80 court costs.

Speak­ing after the sen­tenc­ing Sergeant Steve Smith, from Mac­cles­field po­lice, said: “We un­der­stand the ef­fect com­mer­cial bur­glar­ies have on lo­cal busi­nesses.

“We will con­tinue to work with the business com­mu­nity to catch those re­spon­si­ble and to pre­vent crime.”

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