A shoplifter fled from a store with stolen chocolate bars sticking out of his jacket.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Gary Eyles, 41, was caught stealing from Mirfield Co-op on August 5.
He quickly left the Old Bank Road shop with £49 worth of confectionary protruding from his clothing and then ran off down the street.
Eyles, of Oliver Gardens in Mirfield, pleaded guilty to theft.
Prosecutor Lucy Malpas added: “The most aggravating aspect is his horrendous record of 150 offences – 77 of these being for theft.”
The offence happened just over a week after Eyles was released from a prison sentence imposed for two shoplifting offences.
His solicitor Paul Blanchard said: “He says the ability is in him to keep out of trouble but he seems to be in a cycle of coming out of prison and struggling.
“He’s a habitual offender and I see the reality of him returning to custody but I ask that it’s suspended.”
District Judge Michael Fanning told Eyles that sending him to prison would be counter-productive.
He said: “It would stop your access to a prescription and the temptation to further offend would be there so I’m going to give you a chance.”
Judge Fanning sentenced Eyles to 16 weeks in custody suspended for a year.
He must comply with nine months of drug rehabilitation and pay £49 compensation to the store as well £115 victim surcharge.