Haverhill man fined after power tool thefts from Saffron Walden Ridgeons

PUBLISHED: 09:42 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:42 28 February 2017

Colchester Magistrates' Court. Photo: Archant

Colchester Magistrates' Court. Photo: Archant

A Haverhill man who admitted stealing power tools worth more than £600 in four separate incidents from Ridgeons in Saffron Walden has been fined in court.

Marcin Jek, 38, of Bures Court, pleaded guilty at Colchester Magistrates Court today (February 27) to four counts of theft from the DIY supplier between November 18 last year and February 4.

He was fined £300, ordered to pay compensation of £628.47, as well as £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

All four thefts were captured on CCTV and following a police appeal, Jek was arrested after being recognised by a member of the public in a newspaper.

The thefts from Ridgeons, which moved from its old site to a new adjacent building in Ashdon Road in January, took place over four months before and after Christmas.

On November 18, Jek stole a coat and a Makita drill worth £178.59, followed by a Dewalt twin drill costing £178.59 from the old store between December 12 and December 19.

On January 30, he stole a Dewalt circular saw worth £139.96 from the new Ridgeons store and on February 4, Jek took a Dewalt multi-tool without paying.

Following his arrest, Jek said he had sold the items at a car boot sale and the court heard he had also been cautioned for theft in August last year.

Jek, who works as a landscape gardener, was struggling to find work during the winter months and earning around £300 to £400 per month during that time, the court heard.

He was also said to be paying maintenance for his seven-year-old son and was struggling to deal with a break-up of a relationship.

The magistrate told Jek, “We do not believe some of the explanations given to us. Your previous thefts occurred in the summer months when you should have been earning money.

“You should review your history. If you appear at this court again, the bench will be seriously considering a custodial sentence. You might view this as your last chance.”

Jek was ordered to pay £100 a month with the first payment to be received within seven days.

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