A drug user will take more than three years to pay back the £1,800 he owes in court fines after being hit in the pocket again for his latest offence.
Andrew Tobin was caught filling his bag with coffee on the CCTV system at One Stop store in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
The court heard Tobin, 34, who has a lengthy criminal record, will pay back his huge backlog of fines at just £10 a fortnight, meaning it will take three and a half years to pay off.
“He entered the One Stop store in Wynyard Road,” said Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, “The CCTV footage showed him filling the bag and leaving the store without paying.
“Tobin was later identified from the footage.
“He has a lengthy record for theft and other offences.”
Tobin, 34, of Derby Street, Hartlepool, admitted theft on July 19.
Tony Jackson, defending, said in mitigation: “As we so often see in these courts, this is a case of a man who has a drug problem who stole to get money for drugs.
“Mr Tobin was undergoing treatment, but there was a gap in that treatment and he was desperate that day.
“He is ashamed of what he did.
“The treatment programme has restarted, and he is determined to address his problems without further recourse to crime.”
The court heard Tobin has £1,454 outstanding court fines.
He was ordered to pay £351 in fines, costs, and compensation.
The sum will be added to his fines account, and deducted from his benefits at the rate of £10 a fortnight.