An unemployed man was caught putting a bottle of beer down his trousers, before supermarket security staff stopped him and found he had also hidden a leg of lamb.
Tacettin Bilir, 45, of Westry Close, Barrowby, pleaded guilty to stealing £13 worth of items from Grantham’s Asda store on Union Street.
On the afternoon of January 17, an off-duty policeman noticed Bilir taking a bottle of Beck’s beer and putting it down the front of his trousers, prosecutor Jim Clare told magistrates.
This officer then informed a member of staff, who instructed the store’s security staff to stop Bilir when he tried to exit.
On being asking to reveal the bottle, the defendant also admitted that he had a leg of lamb hidden on his person. Neither item was in a resalable condition, and so compensation was sought for the store.
Rob Arthur, defending, described his client as extremely apologetic, and said that he committed the shop theft after suffering from depression following the breakdown of a relationship. Mr Arthur added that as a Muslim, Bilir knew he shouldn’t drink alcohol at all, and had already referred himself to Addaction.
Bilir received a conditional discharge lasting 12 months, and was ordered to pay the £13 in compensation to Asda. In addition, he is to pay a £15 victim surcharge.