Court-skipping booze thief found in Derbyshire car park

A booze thief who stole more than £1,000 of alcohol from a supermarket didn’t turn up to court, spent Christmas abroad and has now been found in a car park in Derbyshire.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how Leonard Iordache should have been at Reading Magistrates’ Court on December 23 but was seeing family in Romania.

A warrant was issued on that occasion and the 43-year-old was discovered in the car park of Tesco in Alfreton on December 29.

His lawyer, David Ellis, told the hearing: “He and his co-defendant were charged and bailed to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on December 23 but he failed to attend and spent Christmas in Romania with his family.

“His co-defendant did attend and was dealt with by way of a fine on December 23 but this defendant then came back to the UK and was found on a warrant in the car park in Derbyshire.

“He normally works in the construction industry and he will return to that on January 3.

“He earns £500 per week.

“The items (that were stolen) were recovered in a resalable undamaged condition.”

Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said the theft took place from a Tesco store in Newbury, Berkshire, on October 14.

He said Iordache and his accomplice filled a trolley full of alcohol, wheeled it out and fled.

But they were found the same day with the booze in a different Tesco car park in Reading and arrested.

Mr Bettany said: “It is very high value theft, £1,029.29 in total.

“The co-defendant did turn up to court and was fined £340 with costs and a surcharge on top of that.

“A warrant was issued for this defendant who was found n December 29 in another Tesco car park, this time in Alfreton.”

Iordache, of Ilford Lane, Ilford, Essex, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Magistrates in Derby fined him £340 and ordered him to pay £38 costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News