A HEROIN addict stole a man's wallet in McDonald's, a court heard.

Appearing at North East Wales Magistrates' Court, Jonathan Tudor Owen, 43, admitted one charge of theft and two of fraud following the incident on October 6, 2018.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said Owen carried out the theft with another man who had already been dealt with by the courts by way of a financial penalty.

She said in the early hours of the morning they saw a man leave his wallet on the table of the McDonald's on Regent Street in Wrexham and decided to take it.

They removed £15 in cash and used the man's debit card to buy a meal in the fast food restaurant before also buying tobacco from Crescent Road branch of Tesco.

Police officers were able to identify the men using CCTV footage, she added.

David Matthews, defending, said Owen, of Holt Road, Wrexham, was homeless at the time and had been tempted after seeing the wallet left on the table.

He now admitted it was "a stupid decision" and was "ashamed by his behaviour", said Mr Matthews, who added that Owqen was now recovering from a "very bad drug habit".

Chair of the bench, Carol Lloyd, handed Owen 12 month conditional discharges for the theft and both fraud charges to run concurrently.

He will also pay £15 compensation to the victim and £36.20 compensation to the victim's bank as well as court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.