A THIEF with distinctive hair has been banned from a supermarket chain.
Red-headed Victoria Wilson fooled staff at Aldi in Sunderland into thinking a purse which had been handed in belonged to her.
When staff at the store uncovered the theft and watched CCTV, they also discovered she had stolen alcohol and meat.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the 26-year-old also failed to surrender to custody on March 21.
Wilson, from Hendon, pleaded guilty to both offences.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson said a woman shopper left her purse in Aldi, where it was handed in to staff.
But cunning Wilson saw an opportunity to steal the purse, worth £30.
He added: “A witness in the store said he was working at the till when a lady handed him a purse. He didn’t look inside. A female with bright red/pink hair approached him said she had lost her purse.
“She gave a description of it and he did not have reason to disbelieve her and gave her the purse.
“A couple came back in a few minutes later and the woman said she had lost her purse.
“When the CCTV was checked, the defendant was seen with two other females and was identified by an officer who had regularly seen the defendant.
“A week later, the CCTV system was checked and the theft came to light of the meat and alcohol came to light.
“The defendant was spoken to on March 28 and identified from CCTV on April 3.”
Mr Anderson said Wilson was arrested again after she failed to answer police bail, claiming she was unwell. She told investigating officers that she could not remember taking any meat.
The court heard that Wilson also had an eight-week suspended sentence order hanging over her, after it was imposed on February 2.
Gerry Armstrong, defending, said Wilson had contacted the police to let them know she could not answer bail and “numerous” telephone calls were made.
He suggested adjourning sentencing so it could be linked with other offences.
Magistrates adjourned the case until May 29 for pre-sentence reports.
Wilson, of Finkle Street, must obey an electronically-monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am, and not enter any Aldi store.