An Asda worker was foiled in his bid to steal items from the store when a tracker on his delivery van showed him making unscheduled stops.
Home delivery driver Matthew Kavanagh had already fallen under the attention of security staff as he was seen picking items from the shelves and putting them straight in crates to take away - something which was not the correct procedure, nor part of his remit, a court was told last week.
But after the tracker showed he made went off-route during his rounds he was hauled in to explain what he had been doing.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing from an employer on November 26 and 28 when he stood before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Kavanagh had stopped at his home in Elizabeth Road, Boston, and at another property on Tattershall Road in the town during the day. Earlier, he had been spotted selecting spirits and meat in the store.
The value of the items taken on that occasion was £340.85, she said, adding that when he was interviewed Kavanagh revealed he had also taken a bottle of Jack Daniels two days earlier.
In mitigation, Anita Toal said the defendant had been struggling for money and was in debt when he took the items, which he intended to sell.
She added: “He committed these offences not out of greed, but out of desperation.
“It’s a difficult time of year. He saw an opportunity and foolishly took that opportunity.”
Kavanagh has since lost his job and may be facing civil proceedings brought by Asda, she said.
He was given a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work. He was told him to pay £140.19 to the supermarket in compensation, a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.