A SHOPLIFTER used tin foil to steal up to £210 worth of alcohol from a supermarket in Herefordshire.

Hereford magistrates heard that Jennifer Chandler was pressured into stealing by her boyfriend at the time, who, prosecutor Mark Hambling said, had "a horrendous criminal record to fund his drug habit".

41-year-old Chandler was also heavily dependent on drugs at the time of the offence, the court heard, and had been told by her previous boyfriend to take alcohol from Morrisons in Leominster.

Appearing in court on November 8, Chandler held back tears as she insisted that she was now clean and had stopped taking drugs. She pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a shop.

Mr Hambling said: "Tin foil had been used on this occasion. We all know what that is used for."

Tin foil is sometimes used by shoplifters in an attempt to evade shop security.


The pair had left Morrisons on June 12 with a total of £210 worth of alcohol between them.

The man accused of shoplifting with Chandler on this date was not named at the hearing, and the value of the goods stolen by Chandler herself was not specified.

Chandler, who is from Kenwood Road in Cardiff, will appear in court for sentencing on November 29.