A Bulwell man was spared prison for theft to give him one last chance to tackle his drug problems.
Bobby Stephen Lunt, 31, of Brook Close, Bulwell, was committed to prison for 26 weeks, suspended for 12 months, after he admitted stealing meat products worth £351 from supermarkets in Nottingham in April and May.
Nottinghamshire magistrates said the offences were serious because there were so many, they had a substantial impact on the shops and they were committed during a period when he had been conditionally discharged for another offence.
The sentence was suspended to give him one last chance to address his drug issues.
He was ordered to comply with a drug rehabilitation order and receive treatment for drug dependency.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £100, a victim surcharge of £80, costs of £85 and a criminal courts charge of £180.