TWO shoplifters working as a team had planned their thefts with a degree of professionalism, said a district judge who jailed them.
At Truro Magistrates' Court Tristan James Chenoweth, 33, of East Charles Street, Camborne, and David Thompson, 46, of Basset Street, Camborne, pleaded guilty to jointly stealing cosmetics worth £208.43. Chenoweth also admitted stealing cosmetics worth £134.85, and possessing Diazepam, while Thompson also pleaded guilty to possessing heroin.
Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the men were seen putting goods into a plastic bag on the back of a trolley before leaving Tesco at Pool without paying. When challenged outside they ran away.
Thompson told police he had a £400 drug debt and he and Chenoweth worked as a team to pay it off. Chenoweth said he had a drugs debt of £300 and went to steal to pay for it. He bought the Diazepam to help with anxiety and other issues.
Thompson had 112 previous convictions, 70 of which were for thefts. He had committed the offences while on bail for criminal proceedings, and had previously been sent to prison. Chenoweth had 25 previous convictions, 15 for theft and had also been to prison.
Elliott Moore, for Chenoweth, said he was trying to deal with his drug issues, and getting help.
Deborah Von Kohler, for Thompson, said his offending was also drug-related but he knew if he did not get clean he would be unable to see his children.
Chenoweth was sent to prison for 25 weeks and Thompson for 14.