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Asda worker from Halesowen stole nearly £3,000 worth of goods
11:40am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A FORMER Asda worker from Colley Gate was part of a gang of three who stole nearly £25,000 worth of property from the Netherton store.
Laura Drew admitted stealing £2,727 worth of goods belonging to the supermarket where she worked when she appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
She was given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Martin Walsh told the 23-year-old of Havergal Walk, that she and her co-defendants Sailah Akhtar, from Dudley, and Emma Taylor, from Bilston, had avoided a jail sentence “by the skin of their teeth”.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said the three women were employed at the Asda supermarket, Saltwells Road, and took products through the check-out system without swiping each individual item, taking away weekly loads of shopping while also stealing more than £5,000 worth of scratch cards.
He described 26-year-old Akhtar, of Churchfield Street, as the "prime mover" in the group with all three being dismissed when their offending came to light.
Akhtar admitted theft by an employee after being accused of taking £18,111 worth of items from the supermarket between June last year and June this year. She was given a 12 week jail term suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community.
Taylor, aged 34, of Pointon Close, pleaded guilty to stealing £3,629 worth of items from the supermarket and was given a 36-week jail sentence suspended for two years with 180 hours unpaid work.
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