Stealing a stranger’s SD card led to a prison sentence for a Pembroke Dock man.

Luke Brummitt, of Queen Street, appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates from custody on Monday, September 3.

Brummitt, 40, pleaded guilty to amphetamine possession on September 1 and stealing a memory card on August 15.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, told the court that a customer left her SD card in the machine after printing off photographs in a Pembroke Dock supermarket.

She called the store when she released her mistake, but Brummitt had already pocketed the card.

He was spotted on CCTV, and found to be carrying 2.6g of amphetamine when arrested.

He stated picked up the card out of curiosity, and then threw it away.

Miss Vaughan said: “The card was likely to contain items of sentimental value which cannot be replaced.”

The court heard that Brummitt had a number of previous convictions, amounting to 56 pages of offences, which included mainly shop-lifting matters.

Mark Layton, defending, said there was no evidence that the card contained pictures which were of sentimental value, and the owner had printed off the pictures she wanted.

“It was a random theft of an item which was of no use to him. He did not know what it was and discarded it.”

Magistrates sentenced Brummitt to 14 days in prison, and ordered him to pay £30 compensation for the SD card, £85 court costs and a £115 surcharge.

A destruction order was made for the seized drugs.