THE drop is usually associated with political downfalls, but one thief's eye for a nice bottle of red has landed him in hot water.
The $750 bottle of 2009 Grange was stuffed down Steven Anthony Carr's pants as he made an exit from Dan Murphy's on Boat Harbour Dr, Hervey Bay on December 28, last year.
Carr pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to stealing the coveted drink as well as a bottle of Johnny Walker and a bottle of vodka on January 5.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said Carr, 25, was caught stuffing the wine down his pants on CCTV footage just after 1pm on December 28.
"The defendant said he was having financial difficulties," she said.
She said Carr was also seen at about 7.30pm on January 5 trying to leave Dan Murphy's in Hervey Bay without paying for two bottles of alcohol.
He was stopped by store attendants who made him return the Johnny Walker and the bottle of vodka.
Snr Const Sperling said police also found a used syringe and a spoon used for drugs in Carr's possession on October 7.
Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Carr, who has a six-year-old daughter, was suffering from severe liver disease.
She said he was expected to get treatment in the coming weeks after months on the waiting list.
Ms McGarvie said at the time of the stealing he was going through a hard time.
"He was committing the offences so that he could sell the items," she said.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell warned Carr that if he committed another offence he would likely face time in prison.
"You think you have a lot of problems now, what is it going to be like if you go into custody," he said.
Mr Tatnell sentenced Carr to six months in prison but granted him immediate parole.
Carr was also fined $750 for the drug offences and ordered to pay $750 restitution for the wine.