A SWIFT acting supermarket worker foiled a trolley-dash shoplifting team.
Tesco warehouseman Craig Sterling was shopping in the store he works at Clifton Retail park, Marton, when he spotted a man acting suspiciously in the alcohol area and reported it to security.
The next thing they knew was one of two men involved in the theft of a trolley full of spirits worth £1,253.50 attempted a distraction by going through the tills setting off the alarm with a pack of security tagged batteries.
He was 20-year-old Andrei Popescu, described in court as a professional shoplifter with a series of similar convictions.
The man following him with the trolley of booze was Julian Gheorge, 21, but before he could escape into the car park he was stopped.
Both men of Fairhurst Street, Leigh, admitted theft.
Howard Green – for Popescu – said his client worked as a car valeter for his uncle and had been in the UK for a few years.
Hugh Pond – for fellow Romanian Gheorge – said his client was led into committing the offence by Popescu.
Gheorge was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs while Popescu was jailed for 10 weeks.