A volunteer chef has been given a suspended jail term for thefts from two Lynn stores.
Jamie Lucas, 40, of Coulton Close, North Lynn, appeared in court this morning, having been remanded in custody after the latest theft fon Monday.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months for that offence, two other thefts and breaching a conditional discharge.
But magistrates said they were crediting him for his work as a volunteer chef with the Purfleet Trust and his efforts to overcome drug and alcohol problems by not jailing him immediately.
The court was earlier told Lucas stole items from Poundland in Broad Street at around 12.50pm on Monday.
That followed two previous thefts from Wilkinsons in New Conduit Street on March 11 and 21.
The thefts also placed him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in January for three more thefts.
Roger Glazebrook, mitigating, said his client had committed the offences to obtain items he could sell to top up his £75 per fortnight benefits.
He said: “He says he has been to the benefit office and said he can’t manage but that has fallen on deaf ears.”
He has also been ordered to pay £56 compensation for one of the thefts, plus an £80 victim surcharge.