Wanted thief is jailed after he was at large for ten months

Pictured is Darryl Tomlinson, 28, of Weakland Crescent, Sheffield, who has been jailed for 12 weeks after he was at large for ten months after committing a theft.

Pictured is Darryl Tomlinson, 28, of Weakland Crescent, Sheffield, who has been jailed for 12 weeks after he was at large for ten months after committing a theft.

A wanted thief who had struck in Chesterfield and was at large for ten months has finally been brought to justice.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, February 9, how Darryl Tomlinson, 28, of Weakland Crescent, Sheffield, stole shavers, fake tan and earphones valued at £134.97 from Boots, at Low Pavements, at Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor John Cooper said: “He went to boots and took head clippers, fake tan and earphones and left but he was seen by a security guard in the shop and he went to Asda at Ravenside Retail Park and he was detained.”

Tomlinson admitted committing the offence to police and explained he had been passing through Chesterfield after visiting a friend and though he would try his luck at shoplifting.

He added that he intended to keep the earphones and sell on the fake tan.

The theft was committed on February, 2016, but Tomlinson failed to surrender to custody and was initially at large for ten months until he was arrested in January but after he was further bailed he once again failed to attend court and another warrant had to be issued for his arrest.

Tomlinson pleaded guilty to the theft and admitted two counts of failing to surrender to custody.

Defence solicitor John Wilford conceded that Tomlinson has a long record of previous convictions but added that he committed the theft at Boots during a time when he had no job or benefits.

Mr Wilford added that Tomlinson had been living at his mother’s home when he was clearing out correspondence and found his bail sheet and he was the one who contacted the police who had not come near him.

Tomlinson subsequently failed to surrender to custody a second time, according to Mr Wilford, because at this time he had been struggling with family difficulties.

Magistrates sentenced Tomlinson to 12 weeks of custody and ordered him to pay a £115 victim surcharge.