A THIEF was arrested after stealing computer games from a supermarket.
Jordan Barnes, 28, took the software – worth nearly £100 –from a shelf at Tesco in Roker, Sunderland.
Security staff spotted the theft and Barnes was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, and asked for three other thefts from shops to be taken into consideration.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said Barnes, from Sunderland, was identified after police released a still from CCTV footage.
Mrs Beck said: “He identified himself from footage and said he had just been released from prison and he needed money to buy heroin and food.”
Jason Smith, defending, said Barnes, of Riverdale Terrace in Eden Vale, had first been moved to a hostel in Newcastle, but was attacked because he was from Sunderland.
He said: “He stole these items to sell, to buy some food to live on, because he had nothing. The position should have changed today, because his benefits should be in his account.”
Magistrates adjourned the case until February 14, to link with other offences at Newcastle Crown Court.