A SUPERMARKET check-out worker who pocketed money on almost every shift has been jailed.
Katie Jane Griffies wept when she was sentenced at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday.
Mother of one Griffies – who had a previous conviction for theft from an employer – was told by District Judge Andrew Shaw she clearly should not be working with other people’s money.
She was arrested at an airport as she returned home from holiday after she had been requisitioned by post to attend court but she was on holiday and had not received it.
She was said to be shocked to have been apprehended at the airport.
Griffies, 36, of Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, previously admitted stealing £362 from Asda between December last year and May of this year.
District Judge Andrew Shaw jailed her for two months and ordered her pay compensation in full.
She had admitted stealing small amounts over a five month period, he said.
She had been to prison for a previous similar offence, but that did not prevent her from repeating her behaviour, he said.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said it was a breach of trust.
She had been seen hiding money from the till, which alerted security staff.
An investigation took place and it emerged that she had been stealing small amounts of £5 and £10 from her employers. The total taken was £362.
Griffies had been watched by security officers on CCTV after they became suspicious.
They saw her put money under the till and later put it in her coat pocket when she went for a break.
Interviewed, she said she was stealing money on virtually every shift since before Christmas.
Griffies said it was not worth the risk to steal less than £5 and would not steal as much as £22, so as not to alert suspicion.
Gary Harvey, defending, said the defendant was the mother of a five-year-old daughter and was separated from her partner, although they still lived in the same house.
He suggested that probation intervention and supervision would be appropriate, together with help with financial management.
She was extremely upset at the prospect of going to prison.
Griffies was currently employed through a recruitment agency, which had not asked her about her previous convictions, he said.