A man stole a pair of jeans from a shop in Newmarket after being too afraid to admit to his girlfriend he had spend her money intended for the garment in a bookies.
Michael Hall, from Bill Rickaby Drive in Newmarket, admitted to stealing the £39.99 jeans from TK Maxx on January 1.
Prosecuting, David Bryant told the court the 44-year-old had been monitored on CCTV taking a security tag off the jeans before placing them in his pocket.
He was stopped outside and police were called.
When interviewed he said he had “intended to pay” but saw an opportunity.
Defending, Michael Watt said: “His partner gave him £30 to buy some jeans. On the way he visited the bookmakers and lost it.
“He was rather frightened of going home and admitting what he had done so went into the shop and decided to steal.”
Mr Watt explained Hall had a “fairly severe” drug problem which he was addressing off his own back.
Hall told the court: “It was a slip, I’ve made massive progress.”
Magistrates’ chairman David Stevens said: “We want to make sure you get yourself sorted out.”
Hall was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay costs of £120.