Legal high addict stole memory cards from Sunderland Wilkinson to fund £126-a-week habit

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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.