A young Albury man addicted to methamphetamine and cannabis since he was 14 will remain in jail until the end of the year.
That comes after Matthew Andrew Daniel was handed a 12-month jail term in Albury Local Court over two separate break-ins.
In one of the burglaries, he and another man stole goods valued at $2400 from the Myer department store in central Albury on June 7, having forced a door just before midnight.
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Magistrate Richard Funston pointed to a section of Daniel's pre-sentence report that noted he "doesn't accept he's an addict".
But Daniel, to be released on parole on December 9, said he accepted jail was "the best place for me at the moment" as he suspected he would otherwise suffer an illicit drug relapse.
Daniel was involved in a second break-in that same night where he forced open a shed at the back of a Dean Street's Guru's Star Cafe and Restaurant, stealing several items.
While some items were later found scattered both inside and outside the shed, police said an "unknown quantity" of screwdrivers were not recovered.
A wooden-handled hammer was taken from just outside the shed.
CCTV footage from Albury's SS&A Club later showed Daniel, 28, pulling the hammer out of the back of his pants to show to his accomplice in the Myer break-in.
Police said Daniel's DNA was found inside the shed.
Defence lawyer Mitchell Brooks said Daniel was homeless at the time and had been "couchsurfing" at the homes of people he knew.
"It's a combination of homelessness and drug addiction," he said of Daniel's offending.
Mr Brooks said Daniel suffered also from major depression and anxiety.
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