Shoplifter stole three bottles of whisky for party
A SHOPLIFTER who stole three bottles of malt whisky from a Derby supermarket has been spared prison.
Ashley Mitchell walked into Asda, in Sinfin, to steal the booze to take back to a party he was attending, Derby Crown Court heard.
Sam Skinner, prosecuting, said Mitchell had been driven there by a friend who was unaware of his intentions to walk out of the shop without paying for the alcohol.
Mr Skinner said the 22-year-old, of Alrewas, near Burton, was caught on CCTV walking out with the three bottles. He said: "The camera captured the number plate which was traced to the defendant's friend who identified Mr Mitchell to the police and he was arrested.
"He was arrested on October 29 and made full admissions to the police saying he was at a party and wanted more alcohol so asked his friend to drive him to Asda in Sinfin."
The theft happened on June 9 last year and the court was told that at the time Mitchell, who lives with his grandmother in Overley Lane, was in breach of a suspended sentence.
That sentence had been imposed in October 2010 for theft from an employer. Mitchell admitted the latest charge.
Quentin Robbins, for Mitchell, said since the offence his client had found employment at Aldi, in Burton, and had not committed any crimes since moving in with his grandmother.
Recorder Michael Elsom extended the period of Mitchell's suspended sentence by three months and handed him a community order, with supervision requirements, for 12 months.
He said: "In stealing spirits from Asda you showed a great deal of stupidity."