A Saskatoon man who stole more than 1,000 car batteries says he was drunk, desperate and "in pain from broken teeth" when he went on his crime spree.

Denis Bouchard, 29, pleaded guilty to breaking into business compounds in Saskatoon, Regina and North Battleford in the fall of 2012. The former construction worker says he'd fallen on hard times when he began stealing the new and used batteries.

He then sold the batteries to a local recycler for between $5 and $10 each. Crown prosecutor Frank Impey says Bouchard netted about $6,000 from the thefts.

Bouchard was already serving a sentence in the community for breaking and entering when he started stealing the batteries. That sentence, plus what he got today, totalled 27 months. He also forfeited the half-ton truck that he used to haul the stolen batteries.