Thief found on shed with pots

PUBLISHED: 12:56 22 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:15 28 May 2010

DRUG user Jason Boreham climbed on to a shed roof in an attempt to escape police after he stole six pot plants from a trolley outside the QD store in Wisbech. CCTV operators had seen Boreham help himself to the plant in the Market Place on Friday afternoo

DRUG user Jason Boreham climbed on to a shed roof in an attempt to escape police after he stole six pot plants from a trolley outside the QD store in Wisbech.

CCTV operators had seen Boreham help himself to the plant in the Market Place on Friday afternoon - and he was chased by police who were quickly on the scene.

"He ended up in a back garden after a brief chase, and he showed some resistance when he got on to the shed roof," Fenland magistrates were told by prosecutor Andrew Williams on Tuesday.

"When arrested he admitted the offence and the plants were recovered."

Boreham, 30, of Lime Avenue, Wisbech, admitted stealing the six plants worth £24.

Solicitor Anita Waterman explained how Boreham stole the plants because he needed money for heroin.

A previous prescription for the substitute drug subutex had not been successful, and he was waiting for a prescription for another heroin substitute drug, methadone, when he stole the plants.

"He resorted back to heroin because he was between one treatment and another," she said. "For nine weeks he refrained from offending, working to fund his habit.

"Last Wednesday he got a methadone prescription, but it takes a couple of days to kick in, so on Friday he needed money for heroin."

Boreham, who came out of jail in March, was fined £150 with £55 costs.

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