Man steals six pairs of jeans

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A LEIGH man has been forced to pay back the value of items he stole from a clothing store.

John Stuart Anderson, 33, of Eden Grove, Leigh, pleaded guilty to stealing six pairs of jeans, to the value of £270, from Next, when he appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted a separate offence of going out equipped to steal.

Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told the court that on April 9, the store manager of Next, in Parsonage Retail Park, Leigh, had seen Anderson leave the shop with a pile of jeans under his arm.

He ran away from the site and was arrested on April 19.

Ms Kearsley added that on June 15, Anderson was seen in Leigh town centre with his dog at 1.10am near an open window in Railway Road.

When searched, officers found a pair of gloves, a torch and a glass hammer.

They also found a bottle of cooking oil and a jar of dried ingredients.

When interviewed, Anderson said he regularly searches skips and found a teddy with a glass hammer and was near the window because he was looking for his dog.

Bill Pearson, defending, said that Anderson could not remember stealing the jeans, but was a heroin addict.

Anderson, who has 24 previous convictions, was given a community order for 12 months and ordered to pay £270 compensation to Next.