Charity box thief told to pay cafes

The Cabin Cafe
The Cabin Cafe

A heroin addict burgled two Whitby cafes and stole charity boxes, a court heard on Monday.

Craig Hall (32), of Auckland Way, burgled both the Full of Beans Cafe and The Cabin Cafe in the same night, Scarborough Magistrates heard.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said he stole two charity boxes, one for The Poppy Appeal and the other for a blind charity, from The Cabin Cafe.

Hall also took £20 in one pound coins and a quantity of 50p coins.

In relation to the Full of Beans Cafe, she said the owner found the shutters had been forced open and £110 had been taken from the till.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said Hall was on a programme of methadone and that he was receiving help from the charity Compass.

But he added: “On this particular evening he was under the influence of Valium and had taken heroin and can remember very little about what happened.”

The court heard how the offences put Hall in breach of a conditional discharge meted out in December for an offence of shoplifting from Poundland in Whitby and for a public order offence in which he became upset following a drugs search by police which proved negative.

Hall was handed a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to pay £240 compensation to Full of Beans as well as £40 to the Cabin Cafe.

Chairman on the bench, Deborah McInerny, said: “We also make note that part of the thefts involved the charity boxes and we take an extremely dim view of that.”

The Full of Beans coffee shop is located near the bottom of Khyber Pass, while the Cabin Cafe is on Langborne Road.