Caught out by staff and shoppers

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A SHOPLIFTER who struck a supermarket security guard with a ‘flailing arm’ after he tried to steal a trolley full of booze ‘for a laugh’ has been jailed for 12 months.

On Wednesday Lincoln Crown Court was told 29-year-old Patrick McMahon was restrained by staff and customers as he attempted to leave the Asda store in Boston without paying.

The court was told McMahon became aggressive and lashed out after being escorted back into the supermarket entrance.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said during the struggle a store detective’s glasses were knocked from his face after McMahon threw out a flailing arm.

Mr Scott said the store’s customer services manager was so concerned by the risk McMahon posed that staff were ordered to let him go.

As McMahon left the store he warned staff: “I’ll get you.”

Police were quick to arrive and arrested McMahon drinking in a nearby alleyway.

During interview McMahon admitted trying to take the trolley load of alcohol for a ‘laugh’.

Gordon Holt, mitigating, told the court McMahon suffered a split forehead when he was wrestled to the ground as he left the store.

McMahon, of no fixed address, admitted theft and common assault on October 26 this year.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told McMahon he had no faith that a community order would work in his case.

Judge Morris said: “You had the arrogance to go into a shop and steal for fun, and assaulted a store detective.”