Paprika thief appeared in court drunk, threatened police and boasted ‘I love prison’

Elliot Curley, aged 36, admitted threatening a deputy manager at the Aldi store in Oswestry and causing a drunken nuisance at Shrewsbury Crown Court four days later.

He was even prosecuted for the theft of the red pepper, worth 45 cents.

Telford Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that Curley went to the Aldi store in Beatrice Street on July 27 last year – despite being banned from the store earlier that month on a criminal behavior order over a previous incident.

He was confronted by deputy manager James Powell who asked him to leave, prosecutor Sara Beddow told the court.

“He became argumentative and said, ‘Why should I?’ He said: ‘Go away boy, otherwise I will push those glasses on your head’.

“Mr Powell then walked towards the exit to inform (nearby) police officers of the problem.

“Mr. Powell feared that violence would be used against him.”

While the deputy manager was talking to police, Curley was seen taking a red pepper from a display, putting it in his pocket and walking out of the store without purchasing it.

He was arrested in front of the supermarket. He was interviewed and answered ‘no comment’ to questions, and was released on bail until a later court hearing.