A thief dropped paperwork with his personal details on it as he ran out of the entrance doors at B&M bargains in Spalding.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Jonathan Lincoln stole a £14.99 tent from the store on June 27 and hid it in his clothing.
He was challenged by staff but headed out through the entrance doors, dislodging his paperwork.
Lincoln (28), of Queen’s Road, Spalding, pleaded guilty on Thursday to theft of the tent on June 27 and was conditionally discharged for a year with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Anita Toal, mitigating, said Lincoln was given a community order for a similar offence in June and it’s likely the tent theft would have been included in that sentence had it come to court earlier.