A DRUNKEN thief who stole three bottles of wine from a South Tyneside store after a row with his girlfriend landed himself in court.
Kevin Abdou snatched the booze – valued at £34.70 – from McColls convenience store in Jarrow, but was spotted by a member of staff.
When the worker gave chase and shouted at him, he stopped and placed the wine on a grassed area near the store before fleeing the scene.
CCTV footage of the theft was then viewed by a police officer, who identified the 34-year-old.
Abdou, of Greenbank, Jarrow, admitted stealing the three bottles of Hardy’s wine at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge by magistrates.
No order for compensation was made as the goods were recovered.
The court heard that Abdou had been on his way to see a friend after an argument with his partner, when he decided to raid the store.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “On June 26, a worker at the store was alerted to a man seen running from the store after stealing bottles of wine.
“The witness ran after him and shouted at him. He stopped and dropped the wine bottles in a grassed area and ran away from the scene.”
Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and should be given full credit for that.
“On the day in question he had consumed far too much alcohol, had an argument with his girlfriend and was going to see a friend.
“On his way, he went to the shop and took three bottles of wine.
“He does have issues with alcohol.”