Thief stole £560 in food from shop in just five weeks

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A THIEF has ad­mit­ted steal­ing hun­dreds of pounds worth of goods from the same shop.

Richard James Cun­ning­ham, 45, hit the Co-op in Mac­cles­field SIX times in just five weeks dur­ing his crime spree.

It started on Novem­ber 12, last year, when he stole cof­fee worth £10.

Then on Novem­ber 23 he took four beef briskets, six sir­loin steaks and a bot­tle of wine worth £71.99.

Cun­ning­ham struck on De­cem­ber 4, 5 and 6, steal­ing £130 of meat on each visit.

He re­turned again on De­cem­ber 18 to take meat worth £90.

The to­tal value of the goods he took dur­ing the five weeks was £561.99.

Cun­ning­ham, of Cross Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted six charges of theft at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court.

He also ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of cannabis, from an in­ci­dent in Mac­cles­field on March 12.

Cun­ning­ham was bailed to at­tend the same court on April 4 where he will be sen­tenced fol­low­ing a re­port from the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

But Cun­ning­ham has been warned that all op­tions, in­clud­ing cus­tody, are on the table when mag­is­trates come to sen­tence him.

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