Man jailed for gar­den cen­tre thefts

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A THIEF has been jailed af­ter steal­ing hun­dreds of pounds of goods from a gar­den cen­tre.

Wayne Thomas Gard­ner, 58, from Mac­cles­field, took tools, a pond fil­ter and pump, and dog beds and mat­tresses from High Legh Gar­den Cen­tre, Knutsford.

The value of the goods was £1,598.68. Gard­ner, of Roe Street, ad­mit­ted two charges of theft at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments the first charge re­lates to a theft from the gar­den cen­tre on Jan­uary 22, where a pond fil­ter and pump, a dog bed and mat­tress worth £474.98 were taken.

The sec­ond charge re­lates to Jan­uary 23 where he stole gar­den tools and dog beds worth £1,123.70.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced Gard­ner to 12 weeks in prison. In mak­ing their de­ci­sion, mag­is­trates said that ‘the of­fence was so se­ri­ous be­cause the de­fen­dant is still in cus­tody and has a long his­tory of of­fend­ing’.

Gard­ner was also or­dered to pay two lots of com­pen­sa­tion for the thefts – £237.49 and £561.85. He must also pay £115 in court charges.

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