Petrol thief used false plates
A man who made off from petrol stations without paying for fuel has been ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
Jasbir Sanghera (22) also used false registration plates on hired vehicles.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of making off without paying for petrol, worth between £50 and £72, from filling stations at Tesco, in Beaumont Leys, Sainsbury's, in Oadby, and twice at the Co-op, in Thurmaston Lane, Leicester.
Sanghera, of Earlswood Road, Leicester, admitted four counts of using criminal property, namely the registration plates.
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The offences were committed between October and December last year, Leicester Crown Court was told.
He was given a 12-month community order, with supervision and unpaid work.
Sanghera was also ordered to pay £250 court costs.
Piers von Berg, mitigating, said: "He's written a letter to the court expressing his remorse.
"He committed the offences because he couldn't afford the petrol."
Sanghera was not involved in taking the false registration plates from other people's cars, the court was told.
Recorder Nicholas Dean QC said: "It seems to me that this young man has been too tempted to live a lifestyle he's unable to afford and he could do with some guidance."