A HEROIN addict with a ‘horrendous’ record has been jailed after he used pliers to steal clothing from a Solihull store.
Darren Kimberley was caught concealing the items underneath his clothing in the GAP store on October 10.
Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday that the 27-year-old, with an accomplice, used the tools to remove security tags in an attempt to steal the garments from the Touchwood store.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said the store manager became suspicious of Kimberley and his accomplice, who were taking a large amount of clothes into the fitting rooms.
Items of clothing were found with security tags removed and the defendant was seen trying to get rid of the pliers when he was confronted, My Stoddart told the bench.
Kimberley, who is already serving time in jail, admitted theft and going equipped for theft.
His solicitor Habib Ahmed said his clientcommitted the offences following a mix up with his methadone prescription.
He added: “My client has a horrendous record, littered with incidents of dishonesty.
“He has been making progress but fell back into his old ways when his methadone script was cancelled. His heroin addiction costs him between £50 to £60 a day and so as not to burden his partner, he had to resort to stealing to fund it.”
Kimberley, of Aston Lane, Birmingham, was jailed for a further six weeks.