Father with 82 convictions admits four thefts from Grantham stores

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A 38-year-old father with 82 convictions on his record, 45 of them for theft, admitted four more thefts in court.

Tony John Bateman, 38, of Falcon Court, Grantham, admitted stealing a cordless drill, worth £98, from B&Q in London Road, Grantham, on August 8, stealing two bottles of perfume worth £95.50 from Asda, on September 13, stealing a portable Sony DVD player from Sainsbury’s on October 14, and stealing children’s clothing, worth £74, from Matalan.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson said Bateman carried a jacket over his arm as he entered B&Q at 4.50pm. He took the drill and put the jacket over the top of it before walking out without paying. He was challenged by a security man but refused to stop and was later identified on CCTV.

Mrs Wilson said Bateman was stopped by police near Asda after stealing the perfume. The bottles were found on him. In Sainsbury’s he took a security tag off the DVD player and placed it back on the shelf. He put the DVD player in a bag and paid for other items at the self service checkout. He was seen on CCTV in the car park taking the stolen item out of the bag.

In Matalan, Bateman was recognised by staff and the manager was alerted, but Bateman had left taking the clothing in a bag. He was later stopped by police in Wide Westgate and the stolen items found on him.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Bateman wanted two further matters to be taken into consideration, the theft of perfume worth £175 from Asda on September 11 and the theft of three bottles of Jack Daniels from Marks & Spencer on September 25.

Following a probation report, Mr Pye-Smith said his client had a significant history of offending but there had been a significant gap since Bateman served a custodial sentence. He had been married and had children.

Mr Pye-Smith said Bateman suffered from depression and had gone back to using drugs which was something he wanted to tackle.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order on Bateman to include a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement and a 15 day rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £98 to B&Q and £79.95 to Sainsbury’s and a £150 criminal court charge.