Shoplifter loses appeal against conviction
9:15am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A THIEF who stole from a Bolton store has had his appeal against conviction turned down.
Stuart Mills defended himself at Bolton Crown Court when he appealed against a conviction of theft from B&Q at Bolton Retail Park, last December.
The court was told Mills, aged 51, of Radford bank Gardens, Darwen, had gone to the store with his brother John and a friend Robert Parker. John Mills and Parker pleaded guilty to the theft of taps, electrical equipment worth £1,047.94.
Two store detectives said they had seen all three men visiting aisles before they went to a quiet area and stuffed items into pockets and trousers. After being apprehended by security staff, the men threw the items around a corridor and to higher parts of the building. CCTV footage showed the men together taking items from shelves and putting them in a basket.
Stuart Mills said he had no knowledge of the thefts or items being discarded by him after being apprehended.
He said the CCTV footage was different than he had seen at Bolton Magistrates Court and the footage had left out evidence that might have cleared him.
Dismissing the appeal Recorder Thomas said his decision was based on the evidence given by the store detectives and not the CCTV. Mills was ordered to pay the £200 fine, £750 costs and £20 victim surcharge.