An addiction to roulette machines was blamed by a man who admitted carrying out six shop thefts in Grantham.
Raymond Binnie of Warmington Avenue in Grantham stole from the Co-op in Dysart Road, the Co-op in Princess Drive and Wilkinsons, taking meat and razors before being caught stealing two jars of coffee.
Bill Fraser, defending, said: “He is addicted to playing on roulette at Ladbrooks here in Grantham.
“He wanted to sell the results of the thefts to have more money to gamble away.”
Mr Fraser added: “If he has any money he tends to gamble it away.”
The court heard Binnie underwent an operation to remove a brain tumour some years ago which left him with difficulty speaking. He is currently seeking help for his gambling addiction from Addaction.
Binnie was sentenced to an 18-month community order, including a supervision requirement and a thinking skills programme which includes 19 group work-based sessions.
Mr Fraser said: “Hopefully it will help address the issues he has with his gambling.”
Binnie, who is unemployed, must pay a total of £262.30 in compensation to the different stores but was spared costs.