Loss prevention officer stole more than £2,500 of goods from Tesco in Bury St Edmunds

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A loss prevention officer at Tesco has been handed an eight week suspended sentence after stealing more than £2,500 of goods from his employer.

Shaun Bignell, 44, of Union Road, Onehouse, appeared before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with theft by an employee.

Prosecuting, Ian Devine said Bignell had made away with £2,518.50 of Xbox One games, USB sticks, headphones and stationery while he worked at the store in Bury St Edmunds.

He said: “After a stock-take, the number of Xbox One games was significantly less than the recorded loss figures so CCTV was checked.

“It showed Mr Bignell on a number of occasions selecting items and appearing to take them elsewhere.”

Bignell was arrested and his car and home searched where a number of Tesco carrier bags with games and accessories inside were found.

In mitigation, Nick Wray said that Bignell had fallen into debt after his company went bankrupt.

He said Bignell had run up credit card debts of more than £25,000.

Mr Wray said: “He did it the first time and it was easy, then he got greedy.”

Mr Wray told the court Bignell wanted to sell the items on eBay to pay off his debts.

Presiding magistrate John Ankers handed Bignell an eight week prison sentence suspended for one year and 120 hours of unpaid work.

He was told he must pay £2518.50 in compensation to Tesco and costs of £85.