Woman carried stolen vodka out of store in a jug

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A WOMAN stole a bottle of vodka from Tesco by pouring it into a plastic jug and hiding it in her handbag, a court was told.

Danielle Joanne Parish, 20, of Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to stealing the vodka and three energy drinks when she appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said that at about 12.55am on January 20 a sales assistant at Tesco, in Bury, refused to sell two young women vodka because one of their identification cards had expired.

After they had left, the assistant noticed a pool of liquid, which was identified as vodka, by the till where they had been standing.

They were found in the store’s car park and Parish, whose handbag appeared damp and smelled of alcohol, was arrested.

Mr Ablett said that Parish told police: “We nicked the vodka, it was stupid, we had the money to pay for it.”

He said that Parish admitted finding a plastic jug and emptying the vodka into it before putting the jug into her bag and leaving the bottle in the store. She also admitted putting the energy drinks into her bag.

In mitigation, Helen Korfanty said: “She was clearly highly unsophisticated in her approach as she’d had some alcohol to drink. She had been to a party where she had drink and she wanted some more but didn’t have enough money of her own to pay for it.

“She’s been depressed and when she’s depressed has a tendency to go out and steal something.”

Sarah Smeeth, from the probation service, said that Parish’s mother had been taken into hospital recently with a drug overdose and that Parish binge drank when times were difficult.

Presiding magistrate Alan Humphreys described Parish as a ‘prolific offender’.

She was given a community order, with 12 months’ supervision, a six-month curfew and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and £10 compensation to Tesco.