A recidivist shoplifter stole more than $100 worth of nuts because he'd sunk all of his money into his synthetic cannabis addiction.
Aaron Murray Giles 25, used the "old trick" of putting a 20 cent sticker on a large bag of nuts in a bid to dupe the self checkout system at Hastings PakN'Save.
The hungry addict stole $48 and $58 of nuts from the pick and mix section on October 1 and 4.
"I was having to steal to survive," he told The Dominion Post.
Giles started smoking synthetic cannabis to try and quit his cannabis habit however he soon became addicted to the legal drug. He believed it was the more addictive substance.
For months he had been smoking at least a packet a day, spending $80 a week. His addiction was eating up a significant chunk of his benefit money so he started stealing to feed himself. He chose the pick and mix section because he believed it was easy pickings. He went for the nuts because he didn't have much of a sweet tooth.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of shoplifting from PakN'Save and The Warehouse when he appeared in the Hastings District Court today.
Lawyer Antony Willis said Giles addiction to synthetic cannabis was the "nub of the problem".
Judge Geoff Rea said Giles wasn't the first person to end up in court because of a synthetic cannabis addiction. He sentenced Giles to nine months' supervision and ordered him to undertake any drug and alcohol programmes as directed by probation.
Outside of court, Giles said he knew he'd done wrong.
"I'm hoping to show the judge that I'm willing to mend my mistakes."
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