B&Q employee stole £600 in forged refunds

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A TEENAGER who stole £600 from his employers at B&Q in Bury St Edmunds has been ordered to pay the money back.

Shaun Ladd, 19, took the money over a seven-month period after making out customer refunds to himself, Bury magistrates heard.

He was arrested two days before Christmas after management at the DIY superstore called in a fraud investigator.

Ladd of Thomas Close, Ixworth, who had already admitted a charge of theft from an employer, appeared before the court on Thursday to be sentenced.

Michael Whatley, in mitigation, said Ladd had no previous convictions, and had acted ‘out of character’ after succumbing to temptation. “He appears in court deeply ashamed of what he has done,” said Mr Whatley.

He said that despite suffering from ADHD, Ladd is studying carpentry, is captain of a basketball team, plays rugby for Bury and Thurston, and hopes to follow his father in joining the American airforce.

Fran Lewis, from the probation service, said Ladd spent the money going out, buying presents for his girlfriend and had also been saving for a car.

“The worst thing for him on a personal level is he said is disappointing his parents. He said: ‘I know I have lost their trust and it is going to be difficult to get that back’,” she said.

Ladd was ordered to pay £600 compensation, £85 costs and carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.