A chef who helped himself to pouches of what he thought was tobacco from a flat in Clare has been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.
When police arrested Ian Jones, 30, at his home in Clare they discovered one of the pouches contained cannabis.
Jones, of Well Lane, also had a lock knife in his trouser pocket.
Last Friday (27) at Ipswich Crown Court, Jones pleaded guilty to theft, possession of cannabis and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said on November 15 last year Jones had walked into a flat in Market Hill and told a woman there: “You don’t know who I am.”
The woman, who was pregnant, was ‘very frightened’ but did know Jones as he had visited the flat the previous day when her partner was at home.
After searching drawers and talking to himself about ‘a ring’, Jones picked up two pouches and £20 in cash and walked out of the flat, telling the woman: “Thank you.”
Mr Crimp said the woman had waited until her partner returned home and he then called the police, resulting in Jones being arrested.
Appearing for Jones, Jude Durr said he had no previous convictions.
Jones went to the flat after losing his ring during an incident in which he had tried to calm down the woman’s partner. The ring was eventually located and returned to Jones by the police.
Jones had believed the pouches only contained tobacco and had not realised one was filled with cannabis.
Jones was not a drug user and had no history of using cannabis, said Mr Durr.
He had forgotten that the knife, which he used at home, was in the trouser pocket when he went out.
Mr Durr said that Jones disputed taking the money.
Jones was made the subject of a 12 month community order with a requirement to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the woman and £150 towards prosecution costs.