Assistant seen on CCTV taking cash

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A shop assistant was caught on her store’s CCTV using a key to steal cash from a till.

Wendy Jane Chandler, 53, of Anselm Avenue, Bury St Edmunds pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court last Friday to theft of cash and paracetamol and codene tablets to the value of £1,830 from Boots in Cornhill.

Collette Harper, prosecuting, said Chandler had found a till key in and old bag and was seen using it on CCTV.

She admitted to stealing £1,800 cash from a variety of tills in the store.

Mrs Harper said Chandler had also stolen eight to 10 packs of paracetamol and codene, to the value of £30, over the same period.

Helen Korfanty said in mitigation that Chandler had worked for Boots for 10 years but she and her 66-year-old husband were on benefits because he is disabled, diabetic and had had a leg amputated.

“She has been under stress,” she said. “She has found extra medication, like codene, has helped her.

“She readily accepted the wrong she had done.”

She added that Chandler had had a stroke as a result of the stress, but had recovered well. Her family had offered to help with compensation for the stolen cash.

The court adjourned the case for reports until March 25. Chandler was given unconditional bail,