A man with a lengthy criminal record of more than 170 previous offences was told by a magistrate he was too old to be carrying on committing crime.
Nigel Wilde, 33, of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, admitted theft of a computer monitor from the town’s First Steps learning centre.
He was fined £110 with £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said time he had already spent in custody would serve instead of the financial penalties.
Presiding magistrate, Ernest Langford, told him: “You are getting a bit old for this now.
“You should be getting beyond it. The things you do cause a lot of harm and distress.”
Elliott Taylforth, prosecuting, said a plain clothes detective saw Wilde go into the First Steps centre empty-handed on Monday and come out carrying a computer monitor, which he then sold for £3 to a man in a cafe.
Steven Townley, defending, said his client had a lengthy record of acquisitive crime because of a drug addiction, but he was now receiving treatment for his drug problem.