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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cleaner stole rings from Cumbrian Argos store

A shop cleaner abused her employer’s trust by pocketing stock from the jewellery counter while at work.

Valerie Hackett, 46, of Rudds Court, Whitehaven, appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court for sentencing after admitting the theft at a previous hearing.

Stuart Pattinson, prosecuting, told the court that Hackett, who has recently been widowed, was vacuuming in the town’s Argos store before opening time on December 28 last year when she picked up two silver rings from the top of the jewellery counter and put them in her apron pocket.

When a store assistant realised they were missing, CCTV was checked and showed her taking the rings, worth £24.99 each.

Claire Kirkpatrick, for Hackett, said the offence came three days after her husband was admitted to hospital.

Hackett was given an eight-week curfew from 7pm to 7am and told to pay £260 in court costs and a surcharge.

Hackett resigned from her job.

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