Burnley One Direction thief spared jailed

A One Direction gift set was stolen during the shoplifting spree
A One Direction gift set was stolen during the shoplifting spree

A Burnley man who stole antiques, jewellery and a One Direction gift set during a shoplifting spree, has been spared jail.

Robert Jackson (39) plundered six shops across Lancashire and Yorkshire, stealing goods including steak, chocolate bars and 40 pairs of socks, magistrates heard.

The defendant, of Fraser Street, stole bracelets and a silver case worth a total of £1,400 from the Picturehouse Antiques shop in Todmorden in July last year.

He was caught on CCTV forcing his way into locked cabinets but was not arrested until November when police linked fingerprints found at the scene to Jackson.

The court heard the defendant stole Dime chocolate bars worth £45 from Poundland in Burnley on November 20th.

The following day he helped himself to a One Direction gift set worth £14.95 from WHSmiths in the town.

The prosecution said he struck again on Boxing Day where he took eight packets of steak worth £61.32 from Asda.

Jackson then stole meat worth £55 from the Aldi supermarket on January 13th before making off with 40 pairs of socks from Poundworld on January 21st.

The defendant pleaded guilty to all six of the charges at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

David Leach (defending) said: “He wanted a fresh start and to get all these matters out of the way.

“He has had significant problems with drugs in the past. But he has accepted he has a significant problem and has taken steps to address it.”

Mr Leach said his client was working with Inspire and had recently started a methadone prescription.

Sentencing, magistrates imposed a concurrent six-week jail term for each of the six counts – but suspended it for a period of 12 months.

He was given a 12-month supervision order with a drug rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to pay £200 compensation to the antiques shop, £45 to Poundland and a further £14.95 to WHSmiths.