A court heard how a thief has put his need for heroin above concern for others after he ran away from a taxi without paying and stole a lawn mower.
Wayne Eric Hudson, 35, of Crich Place, North Wingfield, Chesterfield, fled a cab without paying in Eckington and weeks later he snatched a lawn mower from a garden in Wingerworth, according to Chesterfield magistrates’ court.
Prosecuting solicitor Mark Salt told the court hearing this month: “The defendant got a taxi and could not afford to pay and left without paying.
“The lawn mower theft was from someone’s garden when he had seen the lawn mower which had been left out for scrap and it was only valued at £10.
“He was found by police after the lawn mower theft after a member of the public said they saw a man walking down the street with the lawn mower.”
The probation service stated that the lawn mower theft was committed during Hudson’s chaotic lifestyle placing his need for heroin above his concern for others.
Hudson was going to sell the lawn mower on to pay for heroin, according to the court. The probation service added he has been homeless but is now living with a friend.
Hudson, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to failing to pay the taxi £33.70 in September and pleaded guilty to stealing the lawn mower in October.
Magistrates sentenced Hudson to a 12 month community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement. They also fined him £10 and ordered him to pay £33.70 compensation, a £180 courts charge.