Chain­saw thief or­dered to pay costs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.”

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