Man stole £70 worth of Polo Mints

A MAN who stole a box of Polo Mints has appeared before Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

Peter Westney, 34, of no fixed address, admitted three offences of theft.

Lisa Beadle, prosecuting, said on December 26 last year, Westney entered the Jack Fulton’s store in Halifax with a large carrier bag.

She said: “He selected a large box of Polo Mints, put them in the bag and left the store.”

The box of mints was worth £70.

On January 10, Westney entered the One Stop Shop at King Cross, Halifax, and selected two boxes of cough sweets, Lockets, worth £23.60, and put them in his bag.

He returned to the same store on January 28 and again stole two boxes of Lockets worth £23.60.

Miss Beadle said all three offences were captured on CCTV.

When arrested, Westney tested positive for opiates and cocaine.

Westney has 38 previous convictions for offences of dishonesty.

Nigel Jamieson, for Westney, said: “Drugs has been behind the majority of the record as is sadly often the case.”

A drug rehabilitation requirement made on March 28 was revoked.

He was given a community order for 12 months with a supervision requirement and a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £117.20 compensation.