A SKEGNESS man caught shoplifting on CCTV was stealing to sell items for cash, a court heard.
The town's magistrates were told that 30-year-old Shaun Crowder was short of cash because his benefits had been halved.
Unemployed Crowder, of Rutland Road in Skegness, stole from a town centre store as a direct result of his financial problems.
He admitted stealing a frying pan and some batteries from Wilkinsons in the Hildred Centre on October 28.
The court was told that during the afternoon Crowder went into the store.
He put all the items into his own shopping bag, paid for some paracetamol at the check-out and then left the store.
But Crowder was captured on the store's CCTV security system and then interviewed by police.
He told them he had financial difficulties and he had taken the pan and batteries to sell them.
Mitigating, Saleem Khan told the court that Crowder's benefits had been cut in half.
Crowder was given a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £40 towards costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
He was also told to pay £19.99 in compensation to the store.