They all have an excuse.
I was talking with a guy in Nanaimo about his firewood pile that was beside the road and asked if he was worried about people stealing his wood(this has happened to me) and he said that if someone needed it badly then they could have it.
It made me think of the trials I have sat and watched in Vancouver. Everybody who was there said they really needed what they had been caught taking. I’m sure many of them did but some were clearly just trying to minimize what they had done.