Shoplifters pay for CCTV

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

SU­PER­MAR­KET gi­ant is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against two shoplifters - to help fund se­cu­rity at its stores.

Tesco is seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion from thieves Sarah Cox, 43, and Greig Wilson, 38, after they were caught steal­ing from its store on Hi­bel Road.

The cou­ple stole more than £100 worth of food and drink dur­ing two vis­its within the space of a week, mag­is­trates heard.

Cox, of Count­ess Road, Mac­cles­field, and Wilson, of Pem­broke Road, Mac­cles­field, both ad­mit­ted two charges of theft at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

They were both fined £50 and or­dered to pay £40 to­wards costs.

Mag­is­trates heard that the su­per­mar­ket would be tak­ing civil ac­tion against the pair and the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice would not be ask­ing for com­pen­sa­tion on its be­half.

Neil Aud­ley, prose­cut­ing, said: “On July 28 a se­cu­rity guard at Tesco saw the cou­ple en­ter and be­came sus­pi­cious of them as they were carry- ing their own bags.

“On this oc­ca­sion they left the store with­out be­ing checked. A later re­view of CCTV showed that they had stolen items in­clud­ing four cans of vodka and coke, and four pack­ets of slice meat.

“Then on Au­gust 4, ex­actly a week later, the same se­cu­rity guard recog­nised the cou­ple en­ter the store again. He watched them again put food in their own bags. They did pay for £8 worth of items but not other goods val­ued at £91.29.”

In a state­ment read out in court, Mr Aud­ley said: “Tesco will be pur­su­ing Cox and Wilson in a civil case for com­pen­sa­tion be­cause they have to em­ploy se­cu­rity guards and up­grade their CCTV to deal with shoplift­ing of­fences like th­ese.”

Cox, de­fend­ing her­self, said: “We don’t have a lot of money. It will never hap­pen again.”

Wilson, also de­fend­ing him­self, said: “It was a stupid thing to do.”

Tesco de­clined to com­ment on the case or the civil mat­ter.

●● Tesco on Hi­bel Road

●● Joan Plim­mer

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