A debt-plagued man stole designer goods from a South Normanton store in a bid to raise cash, a court was told.
Reece Burgess raided Tula store at McArthur Glen retail outlet on 26th June, taking a Radley shoulder bag, three purses and a passport wallet.
“Staff became suspicious when he left the store and there was a significant gap in the display.
“He was followed to a public house and a hotel. Police were called and he walked off from that location,” Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.
Burgess (21) was arrested the next day and told police he was in the shop but he didn’t steal anything.
A purse was later recovered from a bag of his and he said he did not know how it got there.
Reece, of Alfreton Road, Derby, admitted theft. He had previous convictions for theft and assault.
The bench gave him a one-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £160 compensation.
His solicitor, Justine Dexter, said he owed thousands of pounds in rent and utility bill arrears.
“He is paying a substantial amount out of his benefit to get the arrears down. Foolishly, he stole items to sell to ease his financial problems,” said Ms Dexter.
She added that he had to move out of his mother’s home because there wasn’t enough room for him and a sibling and had found accommodation through a housing agency.