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Clubber snuck into Darlington nightclub and stole alcopops before telling Facebook friends he found some “free alcohol”, court hears
A REVELLER who was refused entry to a nightclub snuck in a back entrance and stole alcopops.
Adam Taylor-Urch then posted on Facebook that he had found some “free alcohol,” a court heard.
Taylor-Urch, of Prescott Street, Darlington, had been refused entry to a nightclub in Darlington on March 4, Darlington Magistrates' Court heard.
Prosecutor John Garside said at about 11.45pm Michael Robertson, bar manager at Inside Out, in Beaumont Street, was preparing to open the nightclub when he heard a noise coming from the French Bar.
Thinking it was a staff member he shouted “hello?” before peering over the bar counter, where he saw 21-year-old Taylor-Urch crouching with a male friend, each holding bottles of spirits.
Mr Garside said: “Both males ran towards the exit. He (Mr Robertson) managed to retrieve the bottles and both ran to the cellar and out the back of the building.”
CCTV later showed the pair removing cases of alcohol and hiding them under a nearby car.
Mr Garside said: “The aggravating feature is that the victim was on the premises while the defendant was present.”
In mitigation Duncan Emmerson said Taylor-Urch had posted on his Facebook page following the burglary that he had found some “free alcohol.”
He told the court the pair had tried to sneak into the club without being seen by the door staff after being refused entry.
“They got in an insecure door and found themselves in the cellar area,” he said. “Temptation proved too much.”
He said the pair took two crates of alcopops and hid them under a car before going back in and ending up in the bar area with the bar manager.
The court heard when asked why he stole the alcohol, Taylor-Urch said he would have drunk it himself had he been successful in stealing it.
Unemployed Taylor-Urch pleaded guilty to burglary at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, March 14) and sentencing was adjourned until Thursday, April 4 to allow the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.
District Judge Adrian Lower told Taylor-Urch: “I am concerned that you have got into trouble again.
“I am also concerned about the poor decision making you sometimes exhibit when temptation comes your way.”
His accomplice was arrested, but was later given a caution.