Court Round-up: A 75p packet of biscuits costs thief £225

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The following people were dealt with at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 21:

Jason Stuart Eames, 30, of Burbank Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to stealing a packet of chocolate biscuits worth 70p.

He was fined £15, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and Crown Prosecution Service costs of £40, as well as a criminal courts charge of £150.

John Barton, 24, of Holyrood Crescent, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to stealing £37 worth of DVDs.

He was fined £15, paid a victim surcharge of £20, made to pay Crown Prosecution Service costs of £40 and a criminal courts charge of £150.

Stephen Eldson, 45, of Rugby Street, Hartlepool, was ordered to remain at his address between 9pm and 7am under electronic monitoring after admitting breaching his community order. Eldson also pleaded guilty to stealing meat products worth £66.80. He was given a six-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £66.80 compensation, Crown Prosecution Service costs of £40 and £150 criminal courts charge.

Keith William Ingham, 34, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to stealing a jar of coffee worth £6.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £6, Crown Prosecution Service costs of £40, and a criminal courts charge of £150.

Raymond Peacock, 48, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing an unknown amount of cash from a bookmakers. He was sent to prison for 16 weeks, ordered to pay compensation of £400 and a criminal courts charge of £180. He was jailed because of his previous offending and because a vulnerable female assistant was involved.