A THIEF who stole chocolate from a Sunderland shop blamed it on having diabetes.
Thomas Mason was caught on CCTV stealing the sweets, from Wilkinson in the city centre.
When the 64-year-old was arrested he told police he had Type 2 diabetes and needed the chocolate.
He pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said Mason, from Sunderland, had £12 on him when he was arrested, but said it was his money for the rest of the week. Susan Grey, defending, said Mason, of Ancona Street, Sunderland, had a “career of dishonesty”.
She added: “He has been in trouble for 40 years.
“This is theft of a few bars of chocolate at the end of a long career of dishonesty.
“He is much less of a risk to shop owners and the public in general than he was.”
Mason was given a two-month curfew, from 1pm-7pm, and ordered to pay £7.28 compensation and £40 court costs.