A shoplifter has admitted stealing a £300 computer tablet to feed his class A drug habit.
At around 9pm on December 12, Melvyn Grayson had entered Blockbusters in Chester Road, Castle Bromwich to steal the Samsung Galaxy Tablet,
The 25-year-old, of Brownfield Road, Shard End, Birmingham, then immediately sold the item on the street for £100 to feed his habit, the court heard.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said: “The incident was captured on CCTV. He said it had been on the spur of the moment. Police say he expressed remorse in interview and said his behaviour had been disgusting.”
The offence had occurred before Grayson was handed a 12 month community order, on January 17, for another separate theft and failure to attend a drug rehab appointment.
Alex Atkins, defending, said his client would have been unlikely to receive a more onerous sentence for the additional offence, than the community order which he was successfully complying with.
“He’s been abusing crack cocaine since he was a teenager. He moved onto heroin as an adult.
“He has been clean now for six weeks without the use of methadone.
“He’s making positive steps forward.”
Grayson had his current community order revoked and was resentenced for all the offences with a 12 month community supervision order, a curfew for the same length of time and six months drugs rehabilitation requirement.
He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation for the tablet, which was not recovered, and a £60 victim surcharge.