A LIGHT-FINGERED thief took hundreds of pounds worth of goods from Tesco.

Daniel Boerencu, of Hakewill Way, Colchester, grabbed goods including seven bottles of Jack Daniels, tissues, conditioner, cereal, bread and meat from Tesco Hythe.

The items worth £342.46 were recovered and the 30-year-old admitted theft at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £346 and must pay a £34 victim surcharge and £105 costs.

  • A PROLIFIC criminal who has appeared before magistrates more than 60 times has been jailed again.

Mark Dooley, 53, admitted damaging a wall belonging to Colchester Borough Homes and assaulting a police officer when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. He was already serving a community order.

Magistrates jailed Dooley, of no fixed address, for 17 weeks.

He will pay a £122 victim surcharge upon release.

  • A MAN who stole a bankcard and used it to make purchases of £90 has been handed 60 hours of unpaid work.

Warren Packham, 43, admitted theft and fraud by false representation at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

Packham of Alfells Road, Elmstead Market, must also pay £105 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

  • A THIEF who stole a bike has been fined £120.

Michael Burrows took the pedal cycle from a man in Norwich in July.

The 47-year-old admitted the offence at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

Burrows, of Winnock Road, Colchester, must also pay £137 in other court charges.

The bike was returned to the owner.

  • A MAN who grew cannabis plants has avoided jail.

Steven Butler admitted producing the drug when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

The 59-year-old was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year despite the plants being mature and him having a previous conviction for a similar offence.

Butler, of Almond Way, Colchester, must pay a £115 victim surcharge and £145 costs.

The plants and associated equipment will be destroyed.

  • A TEENAGER must pay to fix a car and bath panel he damaged.

Billy Edwards, 18, admitted criminal damage at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

He broke a wing mirror of a Renault Clio and a bath panel at Bernard Brett House.

Edwards, of Walsingham Road, Colchester, must pay £170 compensation.

  • A THIEF who stole clothes from Primark has been banned from leaving her home overnight.

Susan Coulson took £21.50 worth of items from the popular store in Colchester town centre last month.

She admitted theft at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

The 59-year-old was handed a curfew stopping her from leaving her home in St John's Road, Colchester, between 7pm and 7am.

She must also pay £195 in court charges.