Chainsaw thief ordered to pay costs
A PROLIFIC crook who stole a chainsaw from a supermarket to pay for drugs has been ordered to pay compensation.
Bartholomew Cronin (32) of Tyesdale, Bretton, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of theft.
The court heard how Cronin – who admitted to the court he had a ‘horrendous’ criminal record – had gone into Aldi in Bretton, picked up the chainsaw from the shelf and left the store without paying on September 24 this year.
While he got away with the tool, he was identified by an off-duty police officer, and later arrested.
Anthea Harris, prosecuting, said Cronin had an extensive criminal record, including a number of convictions for drug offences.
But Rebecca Keough, defending, said Cronin had been working hard to beat his drug problem, and had not had any convictions in the last two years.
Cronin was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £79.99 compensation to Aldi, and £85 court costs.
District Judge Ken Sheraton, sentencing, said: “You have one hell of a record, but the fact that you have been out of trouble for the last two years means I can give you a conditional discharge.
“If you commit any offence in the next 18 months you will be sentenced for that offence and this one.”