A MAN who was being arrested left his drugs in the back of a police car.
Officers found two small bags of amphetamine after they picked up Lee Brown for an unrelated offence, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.
“The drugs offence was on August 7,” said Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting.
“Brown is also to be dealt with for the theft of a shower curtain on August 26.
“Staff at B&Q in South Shields noticed him spending some time in the aisle where the curtains were on display. He left the store apparently empty-handed.
“Staff went to the aisle and found the packaging for the shower curtain.
“Police recognised Brown from the CCTV footage. The curtain was recovered from his house.”
Brown, 43, of Wisteria Gardens, South Shields, admitted theft and possession of a Class B drug.
Val Bell, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Brown knows he needs help with his drugs problems.
“He has had mental health problems for some time, which are not helped when he takes drugs.”
Brown was given an 18-month supervision order, including a drug rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to pay fines and costs of £95.