Winona Ryder is in court accused of trying to steal £3,600 of clothes from an LA store. Guilty or not, she wouldn’t be the first celebrity to have tried her hand at shoplifting…
Jenny Eclair, comedian
I was caught shoplifting in the Co-op in Southport when I was 14. I stole a Cadbury’s Furry Friends chocolate bar. Me and my friend had been given lunch money which we had spent on make-up and tights so we had to steal something to eat. I am very short sighted, which is not a good characteristic for a thief, so I didn’t realise I was being watched.
I was taken to the stock room by a store detective, where they left me when they went to call the police. I remember thinking that a stockroom was a very stupid place to leave a thief. When the police came and threatened to tell my mum, I put on an Oscar-winning performance—
Ronnie O’Sullivan, snooker star
I nicked a $1.99 fan from a shop in Las Vegas. All my mates had been nicking stuff from Versace shops—
Fatboy Slim, DJ
Miscellaneous sweets is all I’ll own up to in shops, but I office-lift. I compulsively steal things out of people’s offices. Every time I go to my manager’s office or the record company, I nick a CD or a book—
Piers Morgan, Mirror editor
While boarding at my prep school, Cumnor House in East Sussex, I was once put on bread and water for a week for being part of a biscuit-thieving ring. There were three of us, and we had worked a system via a friendly and often paralytic janitor whereby he turned a blind eye as we escaped from the dormitory at 3am, and helped ourselves to boxes of bourbons, digestives and—
Katie Hillier, fashion designer
I used to steal Fruit Salads and Mojos. They only cost half a penny, but we did it quite a lot when we were children. It happened every time we went swimming, which was once a week. There was a few of us who did it, one of us used to do the Refreshers, someone else did Cherry Drops and I was on Mojo duty.
Alain de Botton, author
No, I didn’t steal anything. Well, actually, yes I did. I remember that as a child I was a member of a gang who would go shoplifting. Not big items—
I wonder if Winona Ryder’s case is about testing boundaries. Maybe she feels her success isn’t quite deserved. And in a way it isn’t. Her rise to fame makes everything seem unreal. Is this a way of finding out how far she can go.
Sara Cox, Radio 1 DJ
I once stole a pen from the gift shop at Jodrell Bank. It must have been a school trip—
Holly Johnson, musician
As a struggling artist in the early 80s, I was known to steal the odd pot of jam, loaf of bread and pint of milk—
Clive Dunn, actor
It was the end of the war and we were liberated PoWs. Marching to the south of the Tyrol, we were living on stinging nettles and were weak and exhausted. We stole a wooden cart from a village and took it through the mountains. We kept our kit bag in it. It made life much easier for us. The day we reached our destination, the next camp, it fell to pieces.