Thefts from five Grantham stores, three of which took place on the same afternoon, were admitted by a 33-year-old man.
Daniel Short of Welby Street, Grantham, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to five counts of shoplifting.
Prosecutor Paul Wood outlined how on July 29 at about 3pm Short helped himself first to two bottles of lubricant from Boots pharmacy on St Peter’s Hill, then went to the Boots on the High Street where he took a perfume tester.
Staff reported this to police and he was traced to Wilkinsons at The Pantiles where he tried to steal an air-freshner by hiding it in his sock.
On being questioned he admitted to the thefts, but on August 4 he was again caught shoplifting, this time at Sainsbury’s.
Short was spotted taking two joints of meat and leaving the store without paying, at which point he was challenged by a police officer who was at the supermarket dealing with another matter.
The defendant ran off, leaving behind the meat and saying ‘here you can have it.’
The last charge of theft related to August 23 when Short put a T-shirt and boxer shorts into a carrier bag at Sports Direct but was caught when he set off the alarms and again ran off, leaving the items.
Rory Macmillan, defending, said that his client had no problems with alcohol but did have a long standing issue with drugs.
However he added that these thefts were committed to pay for food, after Short’s benefits were stopped and he became homeless.
Magistrates gave Short a 12 month community order with a supervision and drug rehabilitation requirement, as well as ordering him to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.