A drug user will continue to steal from shops to feed his habit unless he gets help, a court has been warned.
The plea was made on behalf of 32-year-old Ray Harper, after he admitted stealing meat from a Lynn supermarket yesterday.
It’s the second time in just over a month that Harper, of Merchants Terrace, Lynn, has pleaded guilty to theft offences.
And his solicitor, George Sorrell, told magistrates: “He has a drug problem.
“He finds it difficult to come out of this cycle of taking drugs and he steals to buy drugs.
“Unless he gets some help somewhere, he’s going to go on stealing. He admits to me, ‘I need the help’.”
In the latest case, Harper stole three lamb shoulder joints, worth £25.50, from Sainsbury’s in Lynn on November 5.
He also admitted that put him in breach of a conditional discharge, imposed after he admitted stealing aftershave from Debenhams in Lynn during a hearing in October.
Magistrates gave him a 12 month community order with a maximum of 20 days’ rehabilitation activity.
He was also told to pay £25.50 compensation, a £150 criminal courts charge and a £60 victim surcharge.