A shoplifter was gradually weaning himself off heroin Blackpool magistrates were told.
Lee Lindsay, 32, of Burgess Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to theft.
He was fined £65 with £40 costs and ordered to pay £10 compensation plus £20 victims’ surcharge.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Lindsay tried to leave the Co-op, Coronation Street, without paying for items on September 21.
When confronted by staff he handed back some goods.
Unknown to staff he kept a jar of coffee and two shower gels valued together at £10.
When interviewed Lindsay said he had a major heroin addiction and was stealing to pay for it.
Steven Townley, defending, said Lindsay was gradually cutting down the amount of heroin he used.
He was not completely drug free, but down to using two bags of heroin a week.