A skilled New Plymouth shoplifter would have got away with far more than he was charged with over the years, the sentencing judge said.
In the New Plymouth District Court Kevin Walsh, 56, was today jailed for 2 1/2 months after pleading guilty to shoplifting from The Warehouse.
He was caught by staff after he put his old shoes on the shelf, swapping them for a new pair, and stuck a box of chocolates down his trousers.
By going into the store he was also breaching a trespass order.
Judge Allan Roberts said Walsh had a shocking list of convictions, 18 of which were for shoplifting.
His career stretched back 25 years.
''You and I both remember you stole a grinder from a Community Work situation,'' Roberts told Walsh.
''Your skills have been honed over many years. There's no doubt you got away with more than you were caught with,'' the judge said.
Walsh's pre-sentence report stated he was unsuitable for community work but recommended jail.
Taranaki Daily News