Clumsy thief dropped haul of whisky bottles

A CLUMSY thief stole two bottles of whisky from a supermarket but then dropped them as he made his getaway.

Nicholas Richard Beddow went into Aldi, off Brenda Road, in Hartlepool, and picked up two bottles of whisky, hid them in his jacket, and left without paying.

But, as he got a short distance away from the shop, he dropped and smashed the two bottles leaving him empty-handed.

The 37-year-old, who is currently serving a prison sentence for other matters, appeared in custody at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the theft of the alcohol, worth £18.98, on July 9.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson said: “The defendant was seen on CCTV entering Aldi where he selected two bottles of whisky and left without making payment.

“A police community support officer identified the dad-of-four from the CCTV footage and he was found not far from the store. The bottles of whisky were not recovered.”

She added: “In interview he fully admitted the offence and said he was going to sell the bottle for half price. But he said he’d dropped the bottles not long after leaving the store resulting in them smashing.”

The court heard Beddow was locked up earlier this month after an 18-week suspended sentence was activated.

Mitigating, David Smith told the court: “As far as this offence goes he’s held his hands up and admitted it.

“After committing the theft as he was walking off down the street some hundred metres away from the shop he dropped the bottles.

“So through his own clumsiness he hasn’t made any gain from this.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Nigel Guerin sentenced him to seven days imprisonment concurrent with the sentence he is already serving.