A man who has previously appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on nine separate complaints of stealing from shops has “not stopped offending”, the court heard.
Joseph Tracey, 29, of Transform, Soapwork Lane, was appearing at a review of his community payback order imposed after admitting shoplifting on two occasions this year.
Solicitor Stewart Hamilton told the court that “progress is being made”.
He said Tracey had secured his own tenancy and asked for a further review to be made.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond said while she appreciated he had been making good progress, he had “not stopped offending or taking heroin”.
However, she allowed his order to continue, telling him: “I want to keep a close hold on things, you need to start reducing your heroin use.”
Tracey had previously breached several community payback orders imposed following shoplifting from a number of Dundee shops between April last year and July this year, including the theft of cosmetics, clothing, DVDs and razors from stores such as Boots in Reform Street, Primark in the Overgate, Lidl stores in Dura Street and South Ward Road, HMV in the Murraygate and the Co-ops in Albert Street and Brook Street.
A further review was set for October 26.