A SERIAL booze thief found asleep in Asda’s changing rooms after downing a bottle of stolen vodka has been jailed for a year.
Richard Hammond, 33, raided stores in Chesterfield and Nottingham – also collapsing in Tesco because he had drunk too much brandy and had to be taken to hospital.
He appeared before town magistrates on eight charges of shoplifting and attempted theft, plus one of being drunk and disorderly. In all he had stolen or tried to steal spirits to feed his alcohol craving.
“He goes into stores, puts a bottle of something down his trousers and is almost inevitably seen on CCTV and stopped before he gets out,” said Mike Treharne, prosecuting.
The court heard Hammond, of Recreation Road, New Houghton, was arrested after becoming aggressive when asked to pour drinks away while he was in an alcohol control zone at South Street on June 2.
He admitted all the offences and was jailed for 52 weeks.
Mitigating, Katie Fox said he had been through detox while in custody on remand and was “looking like a different person”. She asked for a community order sentence.
“There is a bed ready and waiting for him in a detox centre in Nottingham. His family have seen a change in his attitude and are offering him support.”