A DOZY thief gave his own details after stealing petrol worth £2,000 from a string of filling stations.
Scott Humphries (38) drove off without paying 26 times after targeting petrol stations around Bourne, Newark, Lincoln, Grantham and Sleaford.
Lincoln Crown Court heard the value of petrol or diesel stolen by Humphries ranged between £60 and £97.
The court was told Humphries’ crime spree began in October and escalated in November when he targeted petrol stations in Winthorpe and Newark.
Petrol stations in Lincoln, Boston, Bourne, Ruskington, Holdingham, Grantham, Foston and Colsterworth were then hit by Humphries before he was caught in December.
Sarah Munro, prosecuting, said: “Humphries would fill up and then make an excuse, pretending to have lost his wallet.
“He would leave his details but never returned and was caught when a cashier remembered him when he returned to a petrol station four days later.”
Humphries, formerly of Manor Place, Sleaford, admitted 16 charges of making off without payment and asked for ten other offences to be taken into consideration.
He also pleaded guilty to three theft charges.
Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told Humphries locking him up for a short time would not break the cycle of his drug taking and offending.
Judge Morris said: “This is pest criminality. It maybe the best hope is to break the cycle, I am prepared to give you a chance.
“You are a complete pain in the neck, you are 38 years old and go around thieving like a juvenile.”
Humphries was placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years and ordered to complete a 12-month drug rehabilitation course.