Man stole booze for a party

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A REVELLER was chosen by fellow party-goers to go and by more alcohol – but was then caught stealing it from a supermarket.

Anthony James Clark went to Tesco, in Belle Vue Way, Hartlepool, and began to load up a basket with booze before attempting to leave without paying.

The 26-year-old was challenged at the door by security and dropped the basket, containing £184.67 worth of alcohol, and then ran off.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court that the defendant was identified by CCTV cameras and admitted the offence when he was interviewed by police.

Clark, of Sinclair Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the theft from May 3.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said his client was used as a “stooge” by his pals to get the alcohol for the party.

“That’s why it was only a basket of goods but why the value was so high,” he said.

“It was the bottles for the party. He made admissions having been shown the CCTV evidence. It was foolishness.”

Chairman of the bench Janet Watson fined Clark £50, ordered him to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.