A thief described as “making a habit of appearing in court” told magistrates he stole things because he couldn’t get a job.
Edgars Koncis, of Hillington Square, Lynn, appeared before Lynn magistrates on Tuesday for the third time in six months for theft.
The court heard the 28-year-old had also failed to make a single payment towards his court fines and costs since his first appearance, but he promised to start having recently gained employment at a local factory.
Koncis admitted his latest theft, after being caught stealing five bags of coffee, to the value of £27.45, from Tesco in Lynn on October 18.
Prosecuting, Yvonne Neill, said he was apprehended by staff and the goods were recovered.
His last court appearance had been in August when he admitted stealing a bike stand, to the value of £5, from Wilkinsons in Lynn.
He also admitted stealing washing detergent and chocolates from Lidl in Lynn, in June, and hiding them in his two-year-old daughter’s pushchair.
George Sorrell, representing Koncis, told the court he stole items to contribute to the household while trying to get a job.
He also said he wasn’t getting Job Seekers’ Allowance, and was being supported by his ex-partner.
Magistrates told Koncis he was “making a habit of appearing in court”, but hoped his stealing would stop now that he has a job.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 100-hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £145 in costs.