A man stole candles worth £548 from Belton Garden Centre.
Stuart Forbes, 40, of Farlington Avenue, Portsmouth, admitted stealing the Yankee candles from the garden centre near Grantham on April 21.
Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told the court that Forbes had made off with 61 candles. He was caught outside the garden centre and some of the candles were found to be damaged when recovered. He made a full admission of the theft when interviewed by police.
Defending, Simon Cobb said Forbes was employed by a company which refurbished Nando’s restaurants around the country. He said Forbes at this time had been working in Lincoln. He did not always get paid on time and that was the situation on this occasion.
The court heard Forbes, who is married with three children, had stopped at the garden centre to get a drink and had stolen the candles while in the shop.
Mr Cobb said the theft happened on the spur of the moment. He said: “He does not believe there was any damage to any of the items he took, but he is not going to argue with it.”
Forbes was ordered to pay compensation of £548.39. He was also fined £265 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.