A thief must wait to learn his fate after he was remanded in custody until next month.
Callan Redshaw, 23, appeared at Teesside Crown Court over a videolink from Durham Jail.
Redshaw, of Stirling Street, Hartlepool, admitted charges of theft from a shop and attempted theft
He had also pleaded not guilty to robbery of a cash box and contents on November 23 from the town's Burn Valley Wines.
Judge Stephen Ashurst told him that a verdict of not guilty on the robbery charge would be entered on the day of sentencing.
The judge added: "No promises have been held out as to what the sentence should be."
Redshaw was remanded in custody until Friday, March 2, when he will learn his fate after a pre-sentence report is prepared.