Sales as­sis­tant jailed for theft

Halifax Courier - - News Special - By Courier Reporter

A for­mer sales as­sis­tant has been jailed for four months af­ter he stole goods and cash worth more than £18,000 from a Brig­house firm. James Bunn, 28, be­gan steal­ing from Crossling Lim­ited, on Army­tage Road, be­cause he got into debt with pay-day loans.

But a court heard that he had been spend­ing his ill-got­ten gains on hol­i­days, ex­pen­sive nights out and clothes.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Bunn, of St Matthew’s Drive, Northowram, Hal­i­fax, that his of­fend­ing was mo­ti­vated by greed and there was only one out­come.

Brad­ford Crown Court heard that Bunn had been pro- moted to su­per­vi­sor last year, but in Septem­ber an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched at the store when a bath­room suite went miss­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Alisha Kaye said in­quiries re­vealed that Bunn had been tak­ing items such as boil­ers and he had also been pock­et­ing cash pay­ments from cus­tomers.

In to­tal Bunn, who had been on a salary of more than £22,000, had stolen goods and cash amount­ing to £18,382.67 be­tween Septem­ber 2013 and Septem­ber 2015.

Bunn pleaded guilty to steal­ing from his em­ployer and his lawyer Christo­pher Had­dock said he had cooper- ated with the in­quiry at the firm.

Mr Had­dock sub­mit­ted that the thefts had be­come a kind of ad­dic­tion or ob­ses­sion and Bunn was plan­ning to take up an­other job when the of­fend­ing came to light.

Judge Rose said Bunn had ac­cess to the com­puter sys­tem and had thought up ways to fid­dle it.

“Once you started steal­ing and re­alised, as you saw it how easy it was to get away with, you just con­tin­ued,” the judge told Bunn.

The judge said the of­fend­ing was pro­tracted and the ba­sis for it had been greed.

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