A habitual shoplifter has admitted stealing meat to fund his drug habit.
Robert Fitch entered a guilty plea at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after stealing £76 worth of meat from the Co-op shop in Church Lane, Bedford on Saturday, September 14.
He told the police that he was intending to sell the meat to get money to buy heroin.
Fitch, of Charnwood Avenue in Bedford, was apprehended by the police half an hour after the 9.20am theft and was unable to produce a receipt. The Co-op also caught the theft on CCTV.
Fitch, 41, already has a criminal record for theft, including several offences this year and he has recently served time in prison for this. He has previously had the offer of drug rehabilitation.
The defence said that Fitch, who has been a drug addict for 15 to 20 years, is trying to stop taking the substances, which he recognises are the root cause of the problem. He recently moved from Milton Keynes to Bedford and is associating with non-drug users, the court heard.
On Monday he started using methadone to reduce his dependency on heroin and he is seeking a place at Emmaus hostel in Carlton, where he would receive support.
Fitch has been released on conditional bail until Wednesday, October 9.
In the meantime he must sleep at his house every night and he cannot shop in Bedford town centre.