A SCORNED lover picked up a bottle of vodka from the shelves of a supermarket before necking half of it and then walking out without paying.
Brazen thief Dwayne Bates, 23, took the huge swig of vodka and put the half drank bottle back on the shelves after learning that his girlfriend had been unfaithful with one of his friends, Hartlepool magistrates were told.
Bates went into Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, and made his way to the booze aisle where he selected the alcohol from one of the displays.
He cracked open the bottle, drank half of it, screwed the top back on, put it back on the shelf, and then walked out.
Prosecuting, John Garside told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The circumstances of this offence are that after midnight the defendant entered Asda, in Hartlepool, where he took a bottle of Smirnoff vodka from one of the shelves.
“He opened it, drank about half of the bottle, before replacing the cap, and then leaving without offering any payment.
“He was seen on CCTV leaving the premises and was arrested at a later date.”
Bates, of Runciman Road, in the West View area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to stealing the bottle of vodka, worth £10.50, on September 12.
Mitigating, Neil Taylor, said: “My client was made aware that his girlfriend at the time had been unfaithful with one of his friends.
“He dealt with it in a very silly manner.
“He was arrested and pleads guilty to the offence.”
Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Keith Kitching ordered him to pay £10.50 compensation to Asda for the vodka and also £85 costs.