Alcoholic shoplifter stole 16 cans of Stella

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AN alcoholic stole 16 cans of lager from a South Tyneside supermarket to feed his addiction, a court heard.

Christopher Hope snatched the cans of Stella Artois from the Co-op store in Dean Road, South Shields.

When he was later arrested by police, he admitted ‘I did it. I was on one that day’.

The 32-year-old, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Hope was ordered to pay compensation to the store for the loss of the lager, which he admitted drinking after stealing it.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 8.30am on March 19, Hope went into the Co-op store and walked to the alcohol display and selected 16 cans of lager with a value of £16.

“He concealed them, then left the store without making any payment.

“On March 27, he was arrested by police and, while being taken into the custody suite, says ‘I did it. I was on one that day’.

“He said he took the alcohol because he is an alcoholic and left without paying and then drank it all.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “Hope has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and is entitled to full credit for that.

“He made full admissions upon being arrested by police.

“He has alcohol issues, which clearly are the reason for the commission of this offence.”

The magistrates gave Hope a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay costs of £85, a surcharge of £15 and compensation of £16 to the store, making for a court bill of £116.