Thieving dad-of-five sobs in court as his campaign of shoplifting is revealed

A shoplifting dad-of-five who targeted the same store 15 times during a campaign of thefts, cried in court as his offences were laid bare. Derby Crown Court heard how Michael Beaumont stole from the Co-op in Sawley, along with other stores in the same area during his spree of offending.

The 37-year-old upholsterer, who has 13 convictions for 37 offences, picked up what he wanted and fled without paying. Nicola Hunter, mitigating, said: “Between 2013 and 2020 he effectively stayed out of trouble.

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“This is a gentleman who between those periods was working, had a family and was doing really, really, well for himself.

“He got a trade as an upholsterer and then, in early 2020, things stopped going well when people close to him started becoming ill and dying.

“His father, grandfather and sister died during Covid and that really affected him coping during that time.

“He has five children, he was struggling to pay bills and was struggling to pay for his drug addiction.

“At his sister’s funeral last year, he vowed to his mother he would get himself off drugs.

“He wants to prove to his children he is someone they can look up to.

“He has been in custody for 28 days and he has hated every minute of that.

“He wants to get his life back on track and he wants to get back to work.”

Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said between March and June of last year Beaumont targeted the Co-operative in Sawley 15 times.

She said he also stole from the Co-ops in Draycott and Long Eaton and the Sainsbury’s store, also in Long Eaton.

Miss Allen said: “He simply walked in selected the items and left without paying for them.

“They were items that could easily be sold on such as laundry products, chocolate and confectionery and none of them have been recovered.

“The total value of the good stolen was £1,455.10.”

Beaumont, of Hartington Street, Normanton, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of theft and three bail act offences.

They related to him failing to turn up for court hearings “as he was frightened of the outcome,” Miss Hunter said.

He sobbed and wiped away tears over the video-link from HMP Nottingham after being told he was not being handed an immediate custodial sentence.

Instead, Recorder Simon King jailed him for six months but suspended it for two years.

He said: “I accept this was a difficult time in your life because of the illness and deaths of a number of family members.

“I am sorry you have gone through that but other people have had to deal with tragedy in their lives and they don’t go out and commit large scale thefts to deal with it.”

As part of the suspended sentence Beaumont must carry out 60 hours unpaid work and attend 14 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.