A man trying to give up smoking stole an electronic cigarette because he had no benefits money.
David Ford, 28, of Waring Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.
He was sentenced to do 40 hours unpaid work for the community and pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates at a hearing yesterday.
Rebecca Jones, prosecuting, said Ford took an e-cigarette and some cream valued at £22 from the Alliance Food and Wine store, Thornton Cleveleys on February 10.
The next day he stole a 20p packet of sweets from the same store.
He had a record of 33 previous offences for theft and similar matters.
Alan Godwin, defending, said his client had a bad record because he had previously been addicted to drugs.