Shopper bought apples - but only paid for carrots
A man has admitted to stealing apples from Tesco by pretending he was buying carrots - which are less than a third of the price.
Aidan Martin Devlin confessed to 12 charges relating to the apples for carrots con when he appeared at Ards Magistrates Court in the North.
Devlin, from Linen Mill Close in Belfast, committed the thefts from Tesco at Newtownbreda in Belfast during June and July this year.
His solicitor told Newtownards Magistrates Court on Friday that his client wished to plead guilty to 12 charges.
Devlin (53) appeared in court walking with the aid of a stick.
Many supermarkets offer a facility where shoppers can weigh their own loose fruit and vegetables before taking them to a check-out to make payment.
According to the Tesco Direct website in the North, Granny Smith loose apples sell for £2 per kg, while loose carrots cost 60p per kg.
Devlin pleaded guilty to deliberately scanning apples as carrots on 11 occasions at Tesco between June 6 and July 9.
The case was adjourned for four weeks to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
Devlin made no comment as the judge ordered him to co-operate with the Probation Board.
"If you do as you are asked and provide them with the information they require, then it is likely the court will follow their recommendation," the judge said.