Woman, 36, banned from every Tesco store after stealing cat food and champagne – The Mirror

Andrea Tulip, 36, stole sweets, dog treats, cat food and champagne from a branch in Carlisle, Cumbria, to pay off a drugs debt, a court heard

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Andrea Tulip was caught shoplifting at a Tesco, with magistrates banning her from every store in the country (file) (

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A woman has been banned from every Tesco in the country after stealing champagne and cat food to fund her drug habit.

Andrea Tulip, 36, also stole sweets and dog treats from a branch in Carlisle, Cumbria, to pay off a drugs debt, a court heard.

Magistrates barred her from every one of the supermarket’s stores for two years earlier this week, reports ChronicleLive.

Tulip, of Hendon, Sunderland, swiped a number of items – including pricey Moet – during a raid on May 1.

But she was collared by security guards while trying to leave the shop at around 4:30pm.

The court heard that she is addicted to crack cocaine.

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Tulip swiped a number of items, including a bottle of Moet champagne (file)

Prosecutor Leanne Duffy told South Tyneside magistrates’ court Tulip had tried to cover up her crime by paying for a pint of milk.

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 past criminal offences to her name, including seven thefts.

She committed her latest offence a day after being made subject to an 18-month community order.

That was imposed by the same court after she pleaded guilty to shoplifting – and it does not expire until October next year.

Defence solicitor Heather Bolton said Tulip had since voluntarily sought the help of a Sunderland drug treatment service.

She added: “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.

“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.”

Sentencing Tulip, magistrates imposed a 24-month community order and a nine-month drug rehabilitation order.

She must complete nine sessions of the Thinking Skills programme, and complete 20 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service.

And she was ordered to pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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