Curfew for the chocolate thief

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A THIEF with a sweet tooth has admitted stealing £37 worth of chocolate.

Peter Westney, of Lightowler Close, off Gibbet Street, Halifax, filled a bag with treats before trying to evade police.

The 34-year-old was on police bail at the time he struck.

But that didn’t stop him trying to steal aftershave from another shop just three days later.

Westney went into Poundland, in Market Street, Halifax, December 29. He was spotted by staff removing a bag from his pocket before moving round the store filling it up with large boxes of chocolate.

They followed him and as he left the store without paying he was also seen by a Police Community Support Officer.

Westney tried to run off but was soon caught by officers.

He had ditched the bag of chocolate goodies but this was later recovered and returned to the store.

He tested positive for cocaine and told police he did not have the means to pay for the items he had taken.

They charged him and he was released the same day.

However, on February 1, Westney struck again – this time pinching two bottles of aftershave and a body lotion from the TK Maxx store, Pellon Lane, Halifax.

Staff followed him on CCTV and he left the store with the items in a bag without paying.

He was detained outside and said a male known as James had sold him the goods and he had them with him when he went into the shop.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard that he was arrested and again tested positive for cocaine.

Robin Kempster, chairman of the magistrates, said: “These were not the most sophisticated of crimes but they were committed in a short space of time.”

Magistrates handed him a 12-month curfew order, meaning he will have to remain in his home from 7pm to 7am.