A MAN addicted to legal highs stole hundreds of pounds worth of memory cards to fund his £18-a-day habit.
Jack Rowe walked into Wilkinson and took memory cards before selling them on, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor John McGlone said a security guard on duty in the Fawcett Street branch spotted Rowe, who had been responsible for previous thefts at the store, on February 8.
The 23-year-old was detained and 12 16gb memory cards, worth £60, were found inside his coat. When asked about other thefts he was suspected of committing, he told police: “I’ve done them as well.”
Rowe, of Longmeadows, East Herrington, admitted stealing a total of £234 worth of the items. Defence solicitor Heather Bolton said Rowe lost his job at Nissan after spending six months in hospital for psychosis and depression. He added:“He has been smoking a legal high that he has been buying from a shop in the town centre.
“He didn’t know it would be so addictive. Unfortunately, he has been using three packets a day at a cost of £6 each.”
Rowe was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £175 in compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.