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Shop theft worker under eviction threat

THE assistant manageress of an off-licence was under stress and threat of eviction when she stole from the till, a court heard.

Jean Jones, 51, of Hawthorn Avenue, Mold, admitted stealing from Bargain Booze in Mold High Street and asked for two similar offences to be taken into consideration.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court she was ordered to pay £140 compensation and £60 costs.

Jones was also made the subject of a two-month curfew order, to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am.

Jim Neary, prosecuting, told how the theft charge involved £60 which had been taken from the till.

The CCTV system showed she was the only one working at the time.

Other checks were made and it was found she had stolen £20 on August 28 and on September 2 a Lottery payment had been shown to be £70 when it was £10. The remainder had been stolen.

When arrested Jones fully admitted the offences.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said Jones was a woman of no previous convictions who had acted out of character. Unfortunately, Jones, a married woman, had been dismissed.

The thefts occurred when Jones found herself under stress.

Through no fault of their own the family had found themselves facing eviction after their housing benefit was suspended.

It had since been reinstated but at the time Jones, who was undergoing tests for a heart condition, was going through a stressful period.

Mr Lloyd Jones said she had lost her good character and had been dismissed when it was alleged she was still owed £350 in unpaid wages.

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