Foraging thief rummages through skip for discarded household items

Calderdale Magistrates Court
Calderdale Magistrates Court

A foraging heroin addict pleaded guilty to theft of items from a recycling and resource management company.

Timothy Coffee, 40, of George Street, Sowerby Bridge, appeared from custody at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The director of SITA, a household waste company, went to the site after the alarm was raised at 8.40pm on August 12.

When Mr Hebbleton arrived he could hear banging coming from the inside of a skip where Coffee was stealing scrap metal, laptops, computer games consoles and other discarded items, prosecution James Weekes told the court.

Police arrived at the scene at around 9.30pm and the thief was arrested.

Mitigation Maggie Kavanagh said: “He thought the items were likely to go to a landfill and were of no real value. This sort of offence of foraging is seen when society is is a downturn.”

The court heard Coffee told police he did not know what he was doing was stealing and he had done this “lots of times” over the years to feed his drug habit.

Magistrates’ ordered Coffee to undergo a six month drug rehabilitation programme, gave him a seven day curfew and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.