He was arrested by police on Tuesday, October 18 and appeared before magistrates on Wednesday, October 19.
Mr Richards was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison following the hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.
PC Rich Martin of the Belper Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are pleased with the result, which sends a clear message that shoplifting will not be tolerated. People who steal from stores will be prosecuted and could face a custodial sentence.”
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