A HEROIN addict who stole from supermarkets across Solihull was jailed by town magistrates last Thursday.
During a month-long stealing spree, beginning on February 11, Wayne Burke, 32, of Chipperfield Road, Castle Bromwich, attempted to steal over £1,000 of groceries to feed his habit.
Police also found two heroin wraps and an adapted inhaler for drug use on him while Burke tested positive for cocaine and opiates.
Tarsem Salhan, defending, said: “It all stems from him struggling to pay for his heroin addiction.
“But after March, there are no more recorded offences as he has moved onto methadone.”
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said Burke had been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates following his last arrest, for taking £285.27 worth of groceries from Sainsbury’s in Castle Vale Retail Park on March 6.
But he had failed to appear and had missed a follow up drugs appointment on March 9.
Mr Salhan claimed the defendent had missed his appearances due to being made homeless for around six days. But Burke had now managed to patch up problems with his wife and moved into her address.
“He appreciates he’s made life very difficult for himself,” he added.
“But with his wife taking him back, she’s been able to secure him a work with his father-in-law.
“If he can stay on methadone, he can show he can be a decent member of society.”
Mr Salhan told the court that if Burke was sent to prison, all his hard work towards getting his life back on track would be undone.
However, magistrates disagreed and handed him an eight week prison sentence for the thefts and bail offences.