Heroin addict went on stealing spree

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A heroin-smoking "family man" who stole taps and chocolate has got help with his habit.

Burnley magistrates were heard how unemployed ex-convict Kamran Sarwar enjoyed the drug, but didn't like the comedown. He helped himself to taps worth £375 from B and Q in Nelson and dropped the bag in the bushes as he ran from the store.

Weeks later, he stole 10 boxes of Ferrero Roche chocolates, worth £40 from B and M in Colne. They were also recovered.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) told the court: "It's clear these items are being sold to sell on." She said the defendant had been to prison last year and was still on licence.

The 40-year-old defendant, of Clayton Street, Nelson, admitted theft on September 18th and October 2nd. He was given a six-month drugs rehabilitation requirement and must pay £85 costs, an £85 victim surcharge and a £20 fine.

Mr John Rusius (defending) told the hearing Sarwar had "started to dabble again." The defendant admitted the offences in interview and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

The solicitor added: "He says he's back on track now. He is a family man, he has got a wife and children."