Brazen thief stole alcohol from Holiday Inn bar before also snatching staff’s tip jar


A woman brazenly helped herself to bottles of spirits after sneaking behind the bar at a Holiday Inn hotel and filling a shopping cart before fleeing.

Drug addict Shauna Cook also stole a jar of coins meant to tip staff before leaving the hotel. She and a man who was with her were later spotted with the bottles stolen from the baskets of their bikes, Hull Crown Court heard.

Cook, 30, of Mallard Road, Hull, admitted to the burglary of a bar at the Holiday Inn in Castle Street, Hull, on September 5. Stephen Robinson, prosecuting, said Cook and his accomplice, Daniel Davies, were spotted wandering around the Holiday Inn.

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They went to a disabled toilet together before going to the bar, where they filled a basket with alcohol, the court heard. Bottles included Martini, Sambuca, Campari, gin and others.

“A tip jar was taken but it’s unclear how much was in it,” Mr Robinson said. Police were alerted and Cook and Davies were arrested nearby.

“They had items in the baskets of their bikes and some of the alcohol was recovered,” Mr Robinson said. Cook then made no comment to police.

She had previous convictions for violence and dishonesty, including shoplifting, but had not appeared in court since 2017. At an earlier hearing, Davies, 34, of the same Mallard Road address, was jailed for four months after admitting to the same burglary.

He was in police custody at the time and was released soon after due to his pre-trial detention. Davies was in the court’s public gallery this time in support of Cook.

Mitigating Rachel Scott said Cook had been under electronically tagged curfew for 188 days and was willing to undergo a drug rehab order. Cook was given a one-year community prescription, with six months of drug treatment and 15 days of rehabilitation.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: “This is designed to help you. If you commit an offense within the next 12 months it is effectively a suspended sentence. You are convicted for this case.”

Davies immediately asked the judge when Cook’s tagged curfew would end and they were told it would be immediately, with someone coming to remove the tag from him in the next few days.


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