Stalybridge man jailed for string of charity box thefts
Friday 8th December 2017 @ 15:37 by Tom Greggan

A man from Stalybridge has been sentenced to 50 weeks behind bars after he stole a Poppy Appeal collection tin and goods from three stores in Glossop.

30-year-old Dean Vincent Walker, of Cambridge Street, also answered charges of thefts from stores in Dukinfield, Stalybridge and a bar in Huddersfield, which included two more charity boxes and food.

His offences started in July this year and included a spree in November around Remembrance weekend.

On Sunday, November 5 he stole the British Legion Poppy Appeal collection tin from the One Stop shop in Gamesley, before stealing meat from the village’s Co-Op store two days later.

On Tuesday, November 14 he stole two bottles of whiskey and a bottle of gin from Aldi in Glossop.

Mr Walker was arrested later that day before being questioned and was charged on November 15th.

He appeared at Tameside Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment, and ordered to pay compensation for the charity boxes that he stole.