Pinchbeck man stole cash from till at Heron in Sheep Market, Spalding
A 33-year-old Pinchbeck man snatched £20 from the till of a Spalding store when he went to pay for a fizzy drink.
Matthew David Hall, of Walpole Drive, but who was of no fixed address at the time, admitted the theft at Boston Magistrates' Court.
The court heard he grabbed two £10 notes from the till, which had been opened to take his payment, when he went to pay at Heron Foods in Sheep Market on January 15. He then ran away.
However, said Paul Wood prosecuting, Hall had been recognised by staff and he was arrested later - still with one of the £10 notes.
He told police he had stolen the money to buy drugs, said Mr Wood.
Mitigating, Tony Davies said Hall had lost his job and his accommodation and had broken up with his girlfriend at the time of the theft.
Hall was fined £80 and ordered to pay £10 compensation.