Two police community support officers were caught shoplifting groceries from Tesco after staff reportedly spotted a giant Toblerone tucked into one of the pair’s body armour…Shane Alborough and James Nouchin stole sandwiches, fruit juice and toilet cleaner while patrolling at a branch of Tesco in east London, it is alleged.
The pair’s haul included noodles, chocolate, nuts and bottled water, as well as a face wash and a box of Finish ‘All In One’ diswasher tablets, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.
Their theft only came to an end when security staff noticed Alborough with a jumbo-sized Toblerone tucked into his force-issue vest last December 7, jurors heard.
Both officers were searched when they returned to the store in Green Street, Upton Park, the following day after they were seen taking further items without paying…
“They walked past the tills making no attempt to pay for the items and went to the store canteen…
They were later discovered eating in the supermarket’s canteen, where Nouchin had a sandwich and a drink on the table, while Alborough had the box of dishwasher tablets under his chair, the store detective added…
“The manager was in a difficult position as she was not dealing with ordinary shoplifters, she was dealing with serving PCSOs.
“She gave them an opportunity to pay for the items. Mr Alborough forgot to bring his debit card on the day and was unable to pay.
“Mr Nouchin was able to pay but he didn’t pay for everything…but instead put some items back on the shelf, including the nuts, two chocolate bars and the face wash, saying he no longer wanted them, which the manager was not at all happy about.”
The trial continues.
Protect and serve, eh?