Felixstowe Morrison’s Disaronno shoplifter felt ‘pressured’ to steal

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

Stealing six bottles of Disaronno from a Felixstowe Morrison’s has cost a shoplifter £100.

Barry Ellis, of Capel Drive, Felixstowe, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to theft from a shop on January 29.

The court heard the 49-year-old had felt pressured to steal the bottles of liqueur worth £108 by another man.

Prosecutor David Bryant said three men had entered the Morrison’s store. Ellis was carrying a large Bag For Life.

Another male had a shopping basket and the trio went to the alcohol aisle.

The man with the basket put the bottles in the basket and they all moved to the other end of the store, known as the ‘bucket’, where the staff’s view would have been restricted.

However, they were seen. One man was said to have been acting as a look-out, as the male with the basket put the items in Ellis’ bag.

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Ellis picked up the Bag For Life and all three walked off.

The court heard the man who had the basket knocked down some toilet rolls to create a distraction while Ellis left the shop.

He was stopped by staff who retrieved the Disaronno.

Dino Barricella, representing Ellis, said his client originally had no intention of stealing anything.

However, one of the other men took the bottles from the display and put it in Ellis’ bag.

Mr Barricella said: “It’s only at that point when the items are put into the bag that Mr Ellis knows what is going on.

“He felt somewhat pressured by others and decides to go along with it.”

Ellis was fined £40 and ordered to pay £40 costs, as well as £20 to the victims’ fund.