A DESPERATE man has told a court that he was forced to steal a throw blanket to buy food after his benefits were stopped.
Jason Morris of Farlove Road, West Heath, had entered BHS Solihull on January 15, with the intention of exchanging a previously bought throw for one of another colour, a court heard.
Instead, the 41-year-old had selected the second blanket, worth £20, and left without paying.
Colin Heald, prosecuting, said the defendant had told police he had only stolen the item to exchange for food after his benefits were stopped.
“This was a rather unsophisticated offence,” said Gerard Cullen, defending. “The item was really low value
“He tells me that at the time, he was having trouble with his benefits.
“He resorted to this offence to just get a bit of money for food.”
Morris, who pleaded guilty to shoplifting, was handed a six week curfew, with electronic tag, to run alongside the existing community order.