A 34-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of whiskey from Grantham’s Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Prosecutor Marie Stace detailed how at 6pm on March 23, Dominic Harris of Harrowby Road, Grantham, went to the alcohol aisle of the store and put the bottle valued at £28 into his jacket.
As he left Harris set off the alarms and was stopped by an off-duty police officer and a security guard.
Harris fully admitted the offence saying he had gone in with the intention to steal something and sell it on to buy food, as he himself doesn’t drink.
Chris Pye-Smith, defending, explained that Harris, who is on jobseeker’s allowance, had found himself short of money.
After admitting Harris had a previous criminal record, he added that this theft was not drugs related with Harris responding to a regular methadone prescription and the offending had reduced.
Harris received a conditional discharge lasting 12 months and must also pay a £15 victim surcharge and £35 towards prosecution costs.