Serial shoplifter banned from every Tesco in the UK after stealing cat food

A crack cocaine addict has reportedly been banned from every Tesco in the country after she was caught helping herself to champagne and cat food from the shelves.

The court filed the two-year order against Andrea Tulip, 36, after hearing that she had pocketed the Moet during a store theft in Sunderland.

The thief also bagged up sweets, dog treats and cat food when she decided to target a store in Carlisle, Cumbria, Chronicle Live reports.

Tulip, 36, from Hendon, claims to have stolen the goods so she could pay off a drugs debt and fund her £20 habit.

But she was stopped by security guards after attempting to leave the store back in May.

Prosecutor Leanne Duffy told South Tyneside Magistrates' Court Tulip had attempted to cover up the crime by paying for a pint of milk at the counter.

She said: “She was seen selecting a number of goods, totalling £91, and putting them in her bag.

“She paid for a single pint of milk but did not pay for the items in the bag. She was detained by staff.”

Tulip, who pleaded guilty to shop theft at a previous hearing, has nine criminal offences to her name, seven of which are thefts.

She committed this latest offence just one day after being made subject to an 18-month community order.

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This was imposed by the same court after she pleaded guilty of shoplifting and does not expire until October next year.

Heather Bolton, defence solicitor, said Tulip had sought help from a Sunderland drug service on her own.

She said: “She is somebody who does misuse drugs and has used heroin in the past.

“She accepts that she spends £20 a day to fund her crack cocaine habit.

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“At the time of this offence, she was misusing drugs and was also in a drugs’ debt.

“She felt that she had to commit this offence to pay the people she owed money to and to fund her drugs’ habit.”

Tulip was sentenced to a 24-month community order ad a nine-month drug rehabilitation order.

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