Man admits Axminster whiskey theft

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 July 2017

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4928. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Ref exe 01-17TI 4928. Picture: Terry Ife

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A man has admitted stealing three bottles of whiskey from a supermarket in Axminster.

Christopher Chidley, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft, and also to a charge of failing to answer bail for a previous hearing, at Exeter Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on May 23 Chidley, whose address was given as care of the Open Door Centre in Taunton, was seen by staff at the Shand Park Tesco store taking items from a shelf and concealing them in his jacket.

He was apprehended by police, who found Chidley had stolen one bottle of Gentleman Jack whiskey and two bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey, together worth £73.

In mitigation, the court heard that Chidley had moved to Taunton seeking a fresh start, and had established contact with support organisation Turning Point.

Magistrates handed Chidley an 18 month conditional discharge for the two offences, and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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