A THIEF who stole an ovulation kit from a shop told police he was trying to start a family.
Wayne Nicholson took the kit from Asda in The Galleries, Washington, because he couldn’t afford the £27 pack.
The 33-year-old, from Fence Houses, pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said Nicholson, of Rose Avenue, was spotted by security staff on April 24.
Mr Poppett added: “He said his partner told him to put it back on the shelf, but he accepts that he did not put it back.
“It is worth noting that although he has convictions, there are no offences of theft on the record.”
Jason Smith, defending, said: “I think Mr Poppett says it all.
“Mr Nicholson is acutely embarrassed that he is before the court for having taken an item of this particular nature.
“He and his partner have discussed the possibility of having children and they have discussed this bit of kit.
“He did not have the money to pay for it, but he thought it might help them.”
Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Nicholson to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.