A thief was unable to explain why he had a carrier bag full of Beamish Museum health and safety documents which had been stolen from a car.
Lewis Cutter, 23, was arrested in Eden Vale, Sunderland, the early hours of July 9, after police were alerted to a man trying car doors, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Angela Narey said Cutter had a Sunderland AFC carrier bag, containing Beamish Museum health and safety documents, which had been stolen from a white Seat Ibiza. He was arrested.
“Whilst in custody Mr Cutter said he was walking to an off-licence to buy cigarettes when he was stopped by police, Miss Narey said.
“He had very limited recollection of what he had been doing before.”
Cutter, of Ancona Street, Pallion, admitted theft. Tom Morgan, defending, said Cutter was drunk.
“He tells me he came across the bag. Someone has stolen the bag and found it was worthless and discarded it. The defendant has taken it.”
He was given 40 hours’ unpaid work and £240 costs.