Thief who stole Stevenage community centre's sweet vending machine is jailed

PUBLISHED: 06:59 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:04 20 February 2017

A thief from Stevenage who stole a sweet vending machine from a community centre during a long series of offences was jailed on Tuesday.

A thief from Stevenage who stole a sweet vending machine from a community centre during a long series of offences was jailed on Tuesday.

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A thief from Stevenage who stole a sweet vending machine from a community centre during a long series of offences was jailed on Tuesday.

Christopher Field, of Windsor Close, admitted a string of 17 thefts – including that of the machine, containing about £80 in cash, from Shephall Community Centre on December 12 last year – when he appeared before St Albans magistrates.

And the bench, chaired by Richard Price, sentenced the 33-year-old to 20 weeks behind bars, noting his ‘persistent offending’ and ‘history of similar offences’.

Field’s series of thefts also included four from TK Maxx within a week in October – he stole a handbag every day between October 20 and 22, then returned on October 25 and took fragrances and clothing worth £120.

On November 2, at Stevenage’s Asda store, he stole a gift set worth £60.

As well as stealing the community centre vending machine worth £265 on December 12, he the same day stole chocolates worth £4 from a Stevenage branch of McColl’s on December 12 – and on December 27 and 28 he took Calvin Klein perfume worth a total of £65 from The Beauty Store in the Westgate.

In a spree of thefts in Stevenage town centre on January 3, he took jeans worth £16 from Next, bottles of Armani Code worth £86 from Wilko, and clothes worth £9 from Primark.

Two days later he stole a DVD player worth £85 from the town’s Sainsbury’s store and meat from £42.59 from a Stevenage Co-op branch.

He stole another £11.72 worth of meat from the Co-op on January 6, and on January 10 stole groceries worth £200 from the chain.

On January 23 he returned to TK Maxx to steal a bottle of Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, worth £40.

Field was ordered to pay a total of £704.31 in compensation.

The estimated combined value of all the stolen items was £999.31.

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