A FORMER soldier stole a pouch of tobacco.
Adam William Rogers, 28, of Court Road, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to the theft, which happened on November 20 at the Co-op store on Poplar Road, Wrexham.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told the hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court that Rogers presented a card which he knew would be declined as payment for the pouch, which was worth £16.19.
After entering the PIN, the card was declined and Rogers grabbed the pouch and left the card, exiting the store before the staff member could stop him.
Melissa Griffiths, defending, said Rogers left the army of his own accord after two of his close friends were killed while on duty.
She added he had lost his job because there was not enough work over the Christmas period and a three-week delay in the receipt of his benefits had left Rogers without any money.
Miss Griffiths said: “The crime he has committed is a fairly low level offence.”
Chairman of the magistrates bench Roy Dolan said they considered activating a suspended sentence but instead decided to extend it for a further three months, while imposing a six-week curfew.
Rogers was also ordered to pay £16.19 compensations, £50 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.