Thief in Saint’s Day visit to Tesco

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN found in a supermarket when it was closed told security staff: “Do what you want I’m having a drink because it’s St Patrick’s Day.”

Anthony Russell then drank from a bottle of vodka he had selected and took a sandwich as he walked out of the store.

Russell, 36, of Linbeck Close, Mereside, admitted theft of goods from Tesco.

He was put on nine months’ supervision and ordered to pay £40 costs £10 compensation and £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said on March 17 at 5.50am security staff saw Russell in the store, which was closed at the time.

Russell at first refused to leave but then walked out after drinking vodka.

He told police a worker he knew had let him into the supermarket through the staff entrance.

Allan Cobain, defending, said Russell had the means to pay for what he took and would have paid if he had been allowed to.

Since then Russell had been back in touch with Alcoholics Anonymous.

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