A heroin dependent man stole groceries when he was taken off prescription for the drug’s substitute, methadone, Boston Magistrates’ Coourt was told.
Keith Andrew, 30, of King Street, Kirton, stole three times from the Co-op in Kirton and once from the Co-op’s store in West Street, Boston.
Solicitor Andrew Goldsborough, mitigating, said Andrew lost his accommodation and, as a result, his prescription for methadone was suspended.
Mr Goldsborough said Andrew started using illegal substances and stole to buy the drugs.
He told the court Andrew’s partner ‘is about to give birth imminently’ to their first child.
Andrew was sentenced to a year’s community order with supervision by the probation service that will help him tackle his drug problem.
Boston magistrates on Thursday also ordered him to pay £97.70 compensation to the Co-op, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Andrew pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to four thefts.