Drugs problems led pair to stealing

A COUPLE whose drug habits turned them into partners-in-crime handed themselves in at Ripley police station, a court has heard.

Daniel Allen and his girlfriend, Rebecca Piper, stuffed four computer games into a foil-lined bag at a Tesco store in Clay Cross.

“As they left they ran across the car park and members of staff pursued them,” prosecutor Becky Mahon told Chesterfield magistrates.

“The bag was discarded with the games still inside it – together with Mr Allen’s mobile phone.”

The pair escaped but later handed themselves in at Ripley police station. Allen told officers they each took two games.

Allen, 27, formerly of Meadow Court, Kilburn, and now of Brook Street, Loscoe, admitted theft of games worth £168 on February 22 and theft of cheese from Aldi in Heanor on February 4. He had previous convictions for 24 offences.

He was fined £48, with £50 costs and £9.98 compensation to Aldi after the court heard he was already serving a probation supervision order, including a drug rehabilitation programme, for an earlier shoplifting offence involving Piper.

“He tells me that his offending coincided with him becoming quickly addicted to heroin. They were both heavily into the drug,” said Steve Brint, for Allen.

“He has moved away from Miss Piper and gone back to live with his mother, who has stringent conditions about him living there.”

Mr Brint said Allen had to show his mother copies of his weekly drug tests and, if he failed any, he would have to leave.

Piper ,20, formerly of High Street, Ripley, and now living with her grandmother in Ashbourne Road, Kirk Langley, admitted theft from Tesco.

Sentence will be imposed at Derby Crown Court on March 20 when she will also be dealt with for a shoplifting offence.

“She has limited experience of the courts,” said Mr Brint.