A man who started his Christmas shopping by stealing four jumpers from Matalan had his case adjourned by Grantham magistrates.
Richard Godson, 61, of Princess Drive, Grantham, admitted taking the clothing, which was worth £56 at 10am on September 28.
He was spotted on CCTV taking the items and stopped by the store manager outside.
Bill Fraser, defending, said this was Godson’s fifth appearance in court in the last year.
He said: “He has obviously come off the rails somewhat.
“He went into the store with the intention of buying Christmas presents but he succumbed to temptation and put them in his bag.”
The next hearing of his case will be on November 5 at 3pm. He was released on conditional bail not to enter Matalan.