Man was given a suspended prison sentence for thefts five days before being caught stealing again in Kettering

A man was given a suspended sentence for thefts five days before he was caught stealing from a store in Kettering.

James Sumner, 34, pleaded guilty to theft and cannabis possession when he appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court via videolink from prison this morning (Tuesday, June 26).

Prosecutor Shaun Sigamoney said Sumner was caught putting coffee in his bag at the Tesco Express store in London Road, Kettering, on June 19.

When he was asked to open his bag more packets of coffee fell out. He stole a total of seven refill packets of Kenco, worth £21.

Mr Sigamoney said Sumner was arrested and officers found he was carrying a cannabis joint.

He said on June 14 - five days prior to the incident at the Tesco Express - Sumner, of St Michaels Gardens, Kettering, had been given a 26-week suspended prison sentence for five thefts which took place between April 29 and May 27.

Gill Walker, for Sumner, said: “Unfortunately he has a serious drug problem.”

Magistrates sentenced Sumner to six weeks in prison for stealing the coffee and four weeks in prison for possession of the cannabis joint.

They also activated Sumner’s suspended sentence, with all sentences to run consecutively, giving a total sentence of 36 weeks.