An appeal for help from the public published in the Horncastle News, has led to a man appearing in court at Skegness.
Geoffrey Francis Finlow, 29, then living in North Street, Horncastle but now at an address in Louth, admitted stealing six packs of beef steak from Tesco on February 12.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Finlow went into the store, put the steaks into a carrier bag and ran out of the store without paying, pursued by staff.
He made his escape by wading through waist high water in the stream alongside the supermarket car park.
However, his image had been captured on cctv cameras and was published in the Horncastle News, leading to his identification and arrest.
Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough said Finlow, who was said to be a recovering heroin addict, had been given a community order earlier in July for other offences committed since this one.
Deputy District Judge Hallsworth imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered Finlow to pay costs and compensation totally £130.