A cleaner stole thousands of pounds using a bank card he claimed he had found at premises where he worked.
Jonathan Adamson said the card was in an envelope on the floor, but the owner maintained it was missing from the safe.
Adamson, 35, of Woodfield Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft, driving while disqualified without insurance and failing to answer bail.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the co-owner of the company, Adcroft Hilton, was contacted by his bank saying that between September 20 and 25 last year there had been unusual activity on his bank card.
Checks revealed £2,027 had been withdrawn at banks and the card used in stores. CCTV from one store identified Adamson.
He had worked for a company and cleaned the Adcroft Hilton offices in the evening when no-one was around. He said he found the card and pin number in an envelope, on the floor.
When interviewed Adamson said he was depressed and claimed he was owed money by his employer. David Charnley, defending, said his client, who was remorseful and apologised, had admitted his guilt at the first opportunity, saying he had succumbed to temptation when he found the card. He had been depressed and that was compounded by the death of his mother.
Adamson was sentenced to a 16- month community order with up to 28 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, ordered to do 180 hours’ unpaid work for the community, disqualified from driving for 12 months and told to pay £2,000 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.