A HEROIN-USING father stole "a significant number" of packs of razor blades from Wilkinson's in Falmouth, Truro magistrates heard.
David Scott Lee, 39, of St Thomas Street, Penryn, pleaded guilty to stealing the items on August 10.
Alison May, for the prosecution, said the theft was discovered after the store found more than 30 packs of razor blades missing from stock and checked CCTV. This showed Lee selecting blades and putting them into his carrier bag before leaving without paying.
Although 34 packs of blades were missing, Lee told police he thought he had stolen eight, saying he needed money to fund his heroin habit. "I was desperate for money," he said, adding that he could not remember exactly how many packs of blades he had taken.
Elliott Moore, for Lee, said the offence took place during Falmouth Week after he had been drinking, which did not mix with his medication. The next morning he had woken up with eight packs of razors.
He had 42 previous convictions but Lee's rate of offending had substantially reduced, said Mr Moore, since he had decided to set a better example to his young son. He had been taking heroin to ease a back problem.
Lee was given a conditional discharge for two years and told to pay £51.84 compensation with £75 costs and surcharge.