A carer breached the trust of a man he was paid to look after, a court heard.
Mohammed Ahmed removed the 88-year-old man’s bank card and then used it to steal £300 from his account.
Ahmed, 28, of Watson Road, South Shore, admitted theft and was given an eight-week jail term suspended for a year by Blackpool magistrates.
Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, said Ahmed was employed by a care company to assist the elderly man who had physical difficulties.
The two men got on well and would chat about football, the court heard. But Ahmed - who had been going through a relationship break up - took the card and removed the money which was only discovered later by one of the victim’s relatives who oversaw his finances.
Ahmed told police he had been “pretty skint” at the time of the offence.
His lawyer Daniel Harman said: “My client is utterly ashamed of what he did. When he looks back he is appalled about the theft.”