A MAN loaded a trolley up with more than £1,700 worth of booze and tried to walk out of a city supermarket — because he was “angry” about a failed job interview.
Gheorge Ilie, 40, filled a trolley “to the brim” with bottles of spirits at Morrisons, Afton Way, on Friday.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard he tried to conceal the bottles with bags but security tags on them activated alarms as he swiftly tried to walk out of the store.
Fiscal depute John Adams told the court: “Witnesses were dealing with a matter at the customer service desk when they saw the accused walk briskly passed them towards the exit. He was pushing a large trolley filled to the brim with bottles of various spirits. Bags were placed on top of them in an attempt to conceal them. The alarm system was triggered and the witnesses ran after the accused.”
Ilie, of Central Park Road, London, was escorted back to the store and held there until police arrived.
Officers attended and arrested Ilie. When he was cautioned and charged, he replied: “I admit to taking items.
“I admit to what you say. However, I was stopped before I left.”
The fiscal said the total value of the items taken was £1,735 and there was full recovery of the alcohol.
Solicitor Ann Duffy, defending, said: “He came here for a job interview but didn’t get the job and was angry about it.
“He then committed the offence, for which he states he was going to sell the items and take the money down to his family and offer that to them by way of compensation for not getting the job.
“He was not aware the bottles were alarmed.”
She added that there were financial difficulties within his family.
Ilie admitted one charge of stealing a quantity of alcohol, linen and nappies from Morrisons.
Sheriff George Way said: “What he was trying to do was steal quite a lot and I have to treat it as a serious attempt of theft.
“It may have been inept but it was still a serious attempt.”
Sentence was deferred until May 9 for reports and Ilie was remanded in custody meantime.
A spokeswoman for Morrisons said the company was aware of the incident and had helped police with inquiries.