Worker stole from B&Q to pay off debts

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A SHOP worker has appeared in court to admit stealing money from DIY chain B&Q in Bury St Edmunds.

Shaun Ladd, 18, stole the money over a seven month period by making out customer refunds to himself, magistrates heard. He was eventually caught after B&Q called in a fraud investigator.

Proscecutor Kevin Lowson said: “This is breach of trust by an employee. On December 23 police were called to the shop. The staff had arranged for a fraud investigator. As a result of that investigator’s findings the defendant was arrested on suspicion of theft.”

In interview, Ladd admitted making out customer refunds to himself.

“He said he done it to pay off debts and he had no intention of paying back the money,” Mr Lowson said.

Ladd, of Thomas Close, Ixworth, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared before Bury magistrates on Thursday.

However, he said he stole £600, while B&Q said the value was £3,000. A separate hearing will now take place to determine the amount of money that was taken.