A MAN fell off the wagon and started drinking before turning to crime.
Unemployed David Phayer, 37, of Burlington Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to theft of a bottle of wine and a tub of pasta valued at £7 when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said that on March 11, at 3.30pm, an off-duty police officer at Tesco Express, Westcliffe Drive, saw Phayer acting suspiciously and then walk out with goods without paying.
He was detained by police in the car park.
Steven Townley, defending, said Phayer had a number of convictions previously when he was abusing alcohol, but he then went into rehab.
Phayer’s last criminal conviction was in 2009.
Mr Townley added: “Unfortunately, over Christmas and New Year last year, being isolated and alone, he decided to have a drink.
“That drink led to other drinks and he fell off the wagon.”
Phayer was given a 12 month conditional discharge by magistrates.