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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Barrow store guard stole £20k of goods

A Barrow security guard who stole thousands of pounds of gadgets has been spared jail.

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Jonathan Dawes

Jonathan Dawes, of Newport Street, Barrow, was yesterday given a 16-month suspended prison term.

Preston Crown Court was told Dawes, 39, stole more than £20,000 of goods, mainly iPads, while he worked as a security guard at Asda in Barrow.

He sold the stolen goods through an Ebay seller account with the username Shoot to Thrill. The court was told he has bi-polar disorder and was “addicted” to stealing from the store.

The alarm was raised after stocking inconsistencies were noticed and CCTV footage revealed the guard removing an iPad from a cabinet at the store. He stole the items between November 2011 and April 2014.

The prosecution suggested he had stolen around £25,000 of goods but he said it was around £20,000.

Miss Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, said an investigation began in February this year after inconsistencies were found through a stock check of electrical items.

When an iPad went missing the viewing point of a CCTV camera was changed. Dawes was seen removing an iPad and iPad Mini from a cabinet. He went on to sell the iPad Mini. After he was suspended management discovered Dawes’ Ebay account showing a large volume of electronic devices.

Miss Patel said: “Using data from the account they checked the missing stock.

“Almost all of the items shown on the account married the missing stock. It was mainly iPads.”

Mr Nick Kennedy, defending, said Dawes had been extremely candid when arrested. He was also very honest in police interview.

Mr Kennedy said: “The defendant was clearly embarrassed by and apologetic for his actions. He explained the problem was he had been suffering from bi polar disorder which had been diagnosed five years ago.

“He said the very act of theft satisfied his urges. He found himself hating himself for having abused his position as a security guard.

“The addictive part was that he reached the stage where he could not control it and found himself stealing more and more items of property from the store.

“He was glad he was arrested and prevented from stealing any further. Even in his mind, it was getting completely out of hand.

“He is now virtually penniless. He has been made bankrupt.”

Dawes admitted theft. He was given a 16-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He was told to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

An Asda spokesman was unavailable.

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