A blatant shop thief was spotted pulling tags off goods before attempting to flee with her loot.
A supermarket security guard managed to grab Jodie McKeown's bag of stolen electronics, booze and pasta as she ran out the exit.
A court was told that the 31-year-old escaped empty-handed but was later identified by CCTV.
Go here for the latest reports and live updates from North East courts
McKeown, of Elizabeth Court, in Palmersville, was due to appear before magistrates in North Tyneside to answer a charge of shop theft but failed to show and the case was proved in her absence.
Prosecutor, Leanne Duffy, said McKeown entered Morrisons, in Killingworth, on April 11 this year.
Reading from the security guard's statement, Miss Duffy added: "Staff had told me that they had seen a man and woman pulling tags from items.
"Both were stopped. They got outside but I managed to grab her bag from the woman's hands."
A court heard that the stolen items, worth Â£136.87, were found in McKeown's bag.
Mark Harrison, defending, said McKeown hadn't shown up for court but had always intended to plead guilty.
He added: "They were not stolen for her to get a profit."
Unemployed McKeown was given a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay a Â£22 victim surcharge.
Sign up to our newsletter for the latest crime and court news in the North East