Supermarket vodka thief pleads guilty


An alcohol dependent thief who was caught by citizens arrest as he tried to flee with vodka from a Halifax supermarket pleaded guilty to theft at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

Ayain Jarvis, 46, of Church Street, Halifax, was stopped by a Tesco store worker at 12:10pm on September 17 as he attempted to leave the Haugh Shaw Road supermarket without paying for groceries and vodka valued £20.65.

The court heard that Jarvis told the employee that he had paid for the goods but did not have a receipt. As the defendant attempted to get away the store worker put an arm out to stop him. Jarvis then pushed a trolley into the female employee and fled.

But the thief was stopped in his tracks by a member of the public and an off-duty police officer.

Prosecution Lisa Beadle told the court that the alcohol dependent man was drunk at the time of the theft and had drank two bottles of vodka during the night, prior to the theft.

Jarvis was released on conditional bail for until October 24 when he will reappear at Magistrates’ for sentencing.