We geniunely love the Echo’s weekly ‘Caught on Camera’ series, where grainy CCTV images of suspected criminals are paraded on a double page spread – basically a local version of Crimewatch, with inky fingers. It’s the ultimate in chest-beating yob-gawping, and sits nicely alongside the outraged headlines and eye-popping editorial at the beginning half of the paper every week.

Occasionally, there’ll be a crime so bizarre that it does a 180 and becomes borderline hilarious. This week, we were lavished with the usual: bus stop beatings (not funny!) muggings (not funny!) and a serial shoplifter. Which was funny.

You see, this shoplifter isn’t just any shoplifter. She’s slowly, Tesco by Tesco, carving herself a peculiar niche. This girl, y’see, is a bacon smuggler.

Caught on camera looking shifty, she lifted 24 (seriously, 24) packs of bacon from Tesco’s Mount Pleasant branch in October. “The items were stolen at around midnight on Saturday October 8 when a woman is alleged to have put them in a bag and simply walked out”, says the Echo.

If that wasn’t bizarre enough, she struck again on 21st October, nicking an addition 15 packs and walking out. Which makes her overall haul 39 packs. That’s a hell of a lot of bacon sarnies for breakfast, isn’t it?

If you recognise her, you can grass her up on 0151 777 4055, quoting ‘271’. There’s also the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

The last thing Liverpool needs right now is a bacon shortage, so do your bit.

Liverpool Echo – Caught On Camera

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