A DUTY manager at a Kenilworth store stole cash and lottery scratch cards in a series of sophisticated thefts to support her drug habit and help pay her mortgage.
But Chloe Redmire escaped being jailed when she appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to theft from the Wilko store in Station Road.
The 25-year-old, of Bankcroft, Sydenham, Leamington, was sentenced to ten months in prison suspended for two years and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation activity.
Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said that Redmire, who was of previous good character, worked at the store where she became a supervisor and duty manager.
But between April and September last year she stole a total of £24,429 in cash from the tills and an ATM machine and in scratch cards.
Mr Simpson explained as well as stealing money when she had to restock the ATM machine, Redmire stole cash from the tills by switching the cash pouches after turning off the power.
When she was finally caught, she said following a power cut she had realised the tills had to be re-set, and she was able to input a figure to cover up the missing money.
Mr Simpson said there was ‘a degree of sophistication’ to the thefts of cash, and the scratch card theft was also ‘fairly elaborate.’
Using her position as duty manager, Redmire was able to activate batches of cards which she would then steal, taking cards worth £10,450 over the six-month period.
And after checking the cards, she claimed payouts on them totalling £5,363 from the store.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC commented that Redmire, who was in a position of trust, had moved money between the tills and the ATM and had altered financial documents to cover up the shortfall.
Redmire was unrepresented in court, but the judge observed that in a pre-sentence report on her it was said she had committed the offences to fund a drug habit and to make some of her mortgage repayments.
And he told her: “I am not going to send you immediately to custody today. A sentence of imprisonment it is, but it will be suspended.
“I have read the pre-sentence report, and I understand you have had a difficult childhood and upbringing.
“You have expressed remorse and say you are disgusted at your offending.
“I understand the difficulties which would be placed on you in custody, and I am satisfied you are remorseful, but this was serious offending.”
Chloe Redmire escaped being jailed but was given a suspended sentence following a series of sophisticated thefts.