Thief stole 24 pairs of socks from TK Maxx

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A prolific thief who helped himself to 24 sets of socks could pay the price with a jail term.

Christopher Anthony Chapman (32) admitted theft of the socks, worth £143.76, from TK Maxx in Burnley and resisting police during the same incident on February 9th, at the town’s magistrates’ court.

Chapman, who has almost 80 offences on his record, 42 of them for theft, sat with his head down, clutching his stomach in court and his solicitor told the hearing the defendant thought he had gallstones.

Chapman, of Cairo Street, Burnley, was bailed until March 6th for a pre- sentence report.

District Judge David Purcell told him: “All options are open. I warn you that includes custody.”

Prosecutor Tracy Yates told the court Chapman had run out of the store, was seen by police and was told he was under arrest. Officers had to be assisted by the store’s security staff when they tried to apply handcuffs and Chapman pushed his legs against the door.