A man stole from a shop because he had no benefit money for four weeks, a magistrates’ court was told.
Stephen Smith, 47, of Walter Robinson Court, admitted a charge of theft.
He was given a two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Don Green, prosecuting, said Smith took corned beef and leather goods valued at £49 from the PoundStretcher store on December 19 last year.
Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Smith’s benefits had been stopped and he had no money for four weeks as a result.
He stole so he could sell the items and get cash for heating, lighting and food, he added.