Whisky thief threatened to burn shop

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A grieving man stole a bottle of whisky from a shop then threatened to burn down the premises when he was chased.

Sam Booth, who had been drinking all night following his stepfather’s funeral, was caught after police traced him through his mobile phone.

He had dropped it at the scene as he ran.

Booth, 24, a former pizza deliverer, of Harrison Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was sentenced to a four-weeks tagged curfew from 9pm to 7am and ordered to pay £29 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Kerry Grieve, prosecuting, said Booth and another man went into the 
Raikes Mini Market on March 4.

Booth reached over the counter, grabbed a bottle of whisky and both men ran out. The shopkeeper and another man chased them.

Booth then challenged them to a fight before threatening to return and burn the shop.

When interviewed by police Booth said he had drunk about 15 whiskies and coke before committing the theft and added that he would 
not have carried out his threat.


Stephen Duffy, defending, said Booth’s stepfather had been married to his mother for 20 years.

He had died tragically in his sleep and it was later found he had suffered from a blood clot.

The day before the theft Booth had been to the stepfather’s funeral.

Booth said he had now not drunk any alcohol for a month.