A THIEF snatched a trolley-load of goods from a South Tyneside store because his dole had been stopped, he said.
Thomas Hay was spotted by a store detective putting £131 of goods into a trolley and leaving Morrisons in Jarrow on January 21 without paying.
The 30-year-old was detained by security staff outside, and the goods were recovered.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was seen putting items in a trolley and went past all points of payment. He was detained outside.
“He was arrested and, when interviewed by police, said he did it because his dole had been stopped.”
Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “He was going to sell the items to pay for rent and food.”
Hay, of Perth Road, Sunderland, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
He was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £15.