A 29-year-old man stole cosmetics and perfume from Boots to pay for food, a court heard.
Phillip James Roden pleaded guilty two counts of theft at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after taking a pair of wire cutters from a DIY store and £440 worth of products from Boots the chemist.
Magistrates heard how Roden, who this week secured accommodation at the Mayday Trust in Northampton, was previously homeless after his parents were given a custodial sentence and had taken the goods to sell for the essential items he needed.
In mitigation, Paul Griffiths, said he had now turned his life around.
Mr Griffiths said: “At the time Mr Roden didn’t know where his life was going. He now has stable accommodation and I feel that with this the likelihood of him re-offending is reduced.”
He added that Roden was fit to do unpaid work and wasn’t taking drugs.
He was given a 12-month community order and told he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community. He will also ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £60 victim surcharge.