A shop assistant became suspicious of a shopper because she recognised him as having been banned from a number of stores in the area.
The assistant then heard a loud snap coming from Darren Richardson’s direction and realised he had taken a security tag off some footwear.
Richardson, 43, of North Promenade, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to theft.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said Richardson was detained by staff at Shoemarket, Cleveleys, after taking a £20 pair of steel toecap boots on June 6 at 9.40am.