An alcoholic who pinched a vacuum cleaner wandered into Sainsbury's and then wandered out again with it, a court heard.
Benjamin Kenyon had stayed out of trouble until he recently developed a drink problem and needed cash to buy some.
Burnley magistrates were told how Kenyon was caught because a member of staff had known him for six years. He was not stopped at the time, but was identified from CCTV. The VAX was not recovered.
The defendant, of Mabel Street in Colne, admitted theft at Colne last December 20th. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs and £80 compensation.
Mr Geoff Ireland, defending Kenyon, told the court: "He is staying away from the courts. He is staying out of trouble, but recently he's developed a drink problem. He was drunk. It was just to get money for drink."