Shoplifter used daughter to steal booze

Crime story
Crime story

A SHOPLIFTER who used his two-year-old daughter to hide stolen booze has told a court of his shame.

Alan Vickers concealed two bottles of whisky, worth £26.98, between himself and his two-year-old daughter while carrying her around the Aldi store in Haydock.

He said: “I’ve done a lot of shameful things in my life but the fact I did what I did with my daughter is the most shameful thing I’ve ever done.”

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how Vickers, 35, entered the store shortly before 11am on September 13 last year.

When the alarms activated as he left, staff checked the in-store CCTV - which showed the defendant selecting whisky from the shelves and hiding them between his and his daughter’s body. He admitted the offence straight away.

Frank Roe, defending, told how his client had been out of trouble since 2010 after turning his life around.

Magistrates handed Vickers, of Frodsham Drive, St Helens, an 18-month conditional discharge.

They also ordered him to pay £26.98 compensation, £85 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.