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A former DPD worker - who used to work for the delivery company in Newcastle - put on his old uniform and drove to the firm's Billingham depot.
Once there, Josh Rooney walked in, had a snoop around, and then took his pick of some packages to steal.
He tried his luck again the next day, but when he was confronted and tried to run off, he tripped over, and was apprehended at the Macklin Road site.
When asked about his crimes later he claimed he couldn't remember doing it.
The 33-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to be sentenced for burglary and attempted burglary.
Paul Doney, prosecuting, told justices that Rooney walked into the depot at 8am on December 21, last year.
"He was dressed in a DPD uniform and a high vis", he said.
"He walked around the depot for around five minutes before leaving with two packages of mobile phones.
"At midday staff realised packages were missing and checked CCTV footage and saw that the man did not work there."
Realising an impostor had infiltrated the site, an email of Rooney's image was circulated around management.
And the next day, he turned up again.
"He was seen by a shift manager who alerted other members of staff", Mr Doney added.
"When he was in a scanning area of the depot he was confronted by an employee who asked who he was."
Rooney then tried to flee, but tripped over and was apprehended until police arrived.
The court heard that it was later discovered Rooney had in fact worked for DPD in Newcastle but had lost his employment that month for stealing phones.
In mitigation, a probation report said Rooney "fully accepted responsibility and didn't dispute the offences".
It said he "hasn't got a clue" why he did it and that he could not remember doing it and couldn't remember what he'd done with the packages either.
Chris Marley, defending, said he "apologised profusely" and "couldn't explain his behaviour".
He said Rooney suffered "severe depression after the break down of a 16 year relationship" which broke down due to his "gambling addiction".
He added he had been "left for dead" in a hit and run collision where he fractured his skull, last year.
Rooney, of Acomb Court, Gateshead, was given an 18 month community order with 20 rehabilitation days.
He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.