A SNEAKY thief called at a house asking for charity and then burgled it.
Daniel Stratton knocked on the door of the property in Fareham and when a 16-year-old boy answered he begged for money.
Stratton told the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, he was desperate for money to pay for a taxi to get his pregnant partner to hospital.
But when the youngster turned his back to ask his mum to help Stratton stepped inside and swiped a Kindle ebook.
The drug addict was caught after being filmed on CCTV trying the same story on staff at a nearby pub.
Officers recognised the 30-year-old, who has previous convictions for shoplifting and assault, and he was arrested.
Stratton, of Osborn Road South, Fareham, pleaded guilty to burglary at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Daniel Reilly, defending, said that since the offence in September last year Stratton had worked hard to tackle his drug problem.
Recorder Stuart Jones QC ordered him to have six months of drug rehabilitation treatment and 12 months of supervision from the probation service.
Recorder Jones said: ‘This is the sort of sneaky thing that house-holders feel their home is tainted by.
‘In the context of asking for charity it’s unpleasant.
‘But I am impressed you are working hard to deal with your problems.’