A 36-year-old man was tracked down using an smart phone app after stealing personal items including two iPhones from a leisure centre.
Mark Arthur Able was given a 12-week suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two charges of theft at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Sentencing Able, District Judge Sandeep Kinth told him to stop being ‘bone idle’ and complete an unpaid work requirement given for a previous offence.
Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, told the court that Able, of Drake Close, Stowmarket, had stolen items including two iPhones, cash and keys from two victims while they used facilities at a leisure centre.
On discovering the items missing, the victims used a find my phone tracking application which directed them to an address in Stowmarket.
Able was found at the address with the majority of the stolen goods.
The court heard that following his arrest Able told police he had stolen the items to pay off a drug debt.
Lyndon Davis, in mitigation, said Able had been a drug user and was currently on a methadone prescription.
He said Able had outstanding drug debts and on this occasion had been asked to take the items to pay off the debt.
Able was given a 12-week suspended sentence for each offence, to be served concurrently, and ordered him to pay £12 in compensation and an £80 victim surcharge.
District Judge Kinth said: “You commit any new offences over the next 12 months you will go to prison for these matters for 12 weeks.”
The court heard that Able is subject to a community order but has ceased to partake in unpaid work after a doctor ruled him unfit due to anxiety and depression.
District Judge Kinth said: “First of all you can not use your GP as some kind of shield not to do your unpaid work.
“Just because you feel depressed or are anxious does not mean you cannot do your unpaid work you are just being bone idle about it.
“Just get on with it.”