Barrow Mother who stole ‘hit self-destruct button’
Last updated at 13:35, Saturday, 24 August 2013
A MUM-OF-FIVE who took £300 from the shop where she worked before trying to sneak it back has been spared prison.
Karen Bernadette Schofield sobbed as she was given a 12-month community order at Furness Magistrates’ Court, having previously been told she could face jail.
The 52-year-old, of Greenhill Close, Barrow, had admitted theft by employee.
Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said the theft took place on June 19, when Schofield was covering maternity leave at Ormsgill Stores in Middlefield, Barrow.
Mrs Hine said the the shop’s manager noticed the money was missing on June 20. CCTV showed Schofield banking the cash, but not taking it to the safe. She was then seen “fiddling” with a fleece under the till.
In police interview, the defendant said she remembered bagging up the till as usual and putting it all back in the till as she was very busy and had a customer. She intended to put the money in the safe later. She admitted the CCTV looked “awful”, but said she did not remember it.
Mrs Hine said: “She found it in her pocket when she got home and panicked, realising how it looked. She considered taking it back in the night, but decided to do it the next day.”
Schofield went into work 20 minutes early the following day and left the money behind the bins while awaiting an opportunity to put it back. But a colleague found it first. Schofield told the police she had not intentionally taken the cash, as money had not been a problem.
Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said: “This is a lady who’s thoroughly ashamed of herself and embarrassed by being here today. She admitted it straight away, she admitted her wrongdoing, but she can’t really provide an explanation as to why it’s happened.”
Mr Roberts said Schofield had been going through a “difficult time” before the incident, with one of her five children extremely ill in intensive care for a long time. There were relationship problems with another of her children and, in April, she lost her father.
He said: “The money has been returned, she’s lost her job, she’s not likely to get another one. That is her penance. The self-destruct button has been pressed by her.”
Schofield’s 12-month sentence includes supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work. She was told to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
First published at 13:28, Saturday, 24 August 2013
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Gosh with a sob story like that you could win the final of the X- Factor? There is always an excuse with these people,Quote"Money had not been a problem" But maybe trust was?