Alvaston shoplifter tried to disguise himself in blonde woman's wig and hi-vis jacket

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A shoplifter from Derby tried to disguise himself by dressing up in a woman’s blonde wig and wearing an orange hi-vis jacket.

Darren Rawson entered the Co-operative supermarket that is just yards away from where he lives in London Road, Alvaston.

Despite his disguise, he was recognised by a security guard who challenged him as he attempted to leave the store clutching five packets of steak, a court heard.

Darren Rawson admitted a string of thefts

Darren Rawson admitted a string of thefts

And, in a second attempted theft, he entered the Tesco Express shop opposite the Alvaston Co-op and was told to leave by a staff member whose car he then damaged as he left to come to court to be sentenced for more shoplifting offences.

Stephen Cooper, for Rawson, told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court: “I suggest to the court that it is the most risible disguise you will ever see.

“It was a blonde woman’s wig and a hi-vis jacket, the most odd disguise because the staff at the store recognised him wearing it.

“In terms of the criminal damage of the car, he had gone to the Tesco Express to steal and because annoyed when he was told to leave the store because he was banned.

“He was annoyed and recognised that the car he keyed belonged to the staff member who told him to leave the shop.”

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Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said the blonde wig offence took place in Alvaston on September 16.

He said Rawson, 43, walked into the store thinking the wig and orange jacket would conceal his identity.

But instead he was recognised by the security guard who stopped him as he tried to leave carrying five packets of steak.

Mr Bettany said: “There was a scuffle and the defendant was grabbed by the security guard but managed to get away.

“The criminal damage offence took place on August 29 when he walked into the Tesco store and was told to leave by a member of staff as he was banned.

Rawson also tried to steal from this Alvaston supermarket

Rawson also tried to steal from this Alvaston supermarket

“He did not say anything but as he walked out he caused the damage to the car by scratching it.”

Mr Bettany said he was arrested and both offences were put to him.

He answered “no comment” to the questions he was asked but later pleaded guilty to theft, criminal damage and asked for four other shop thefts to be taken into consideration.

The offences also put him in breach of a suspended sentence, imposed on the day of the Tesco Express attempted shoplift, for other theft offences.

Jailing him for a total of 38 weeks, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe, said: “One of the offences even took place on the day you were due in court to be sentenced for other matters.”

As well as the jail term, Judge Taaffe ordered Rawson to pay a £115 victim surcharge.