Bury St Edmunds woman to repay £1,830 after stealing from employer

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A Boots employee who stole cash and tablets to the value of £1,830 has been given a financial penalty by a court.

Wendy Jane Chandler appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by employee.

Colette Harper, prosecuting, told magistrates Chandler was employed as a customer assistant at Boots, in Bury St Edmunds, when on a number of occasions between September 1 and December 12, last year, she stole quantities of cash from the till.

On December 12, she was caught on CCTV putting money into her uniform.

Mrs Harper told magistrates that, as well as taking £1,800 in cash, Chandler also stole packets of paracetamol and the painkiller codeine to the value of £30.

When questioned she said she did it ‘to get by’ because her husband was disabled, said Mrs Harper.

Chandler, 53, of Anselm Avenue, Bury, was not represented in court but told magistrates she was her husband’s sole carer.

“I’m just truly sorry for all I have done,” she said.

Presiding magistrate Dennis Heath said Chandler’s crime represented a ‘serious breach of trust’.

“You’re already suffering the consequences of this - you’ve lost your job and your previous good character has gone,” he said.

Chandler was ordered to pay £1,830 in compensation to Boots.

She was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.