Thief jailed af­ter caught steal­ing 3 TIMES at work

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

ATHIEF has fi­nally been jailed af­ter be­ing caught steal­ing from bosses for a THIRD time.

Donna Davies, 42, from Mac­cles­field, stole nearly £5,000 while work­ing at a pub be­tween April and June, last year.

De­spite a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for steal­ing from an em­ployer, she avoided jail at a hear­ing in Jan­uary.

But within six weeks she stole more than £1,600 from the Max Spiel­mann branch in Con­gle­ton.

Davies, of Maple Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted theft at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence. At Ch­ester Crown Court last week, she was jailed for 14 months.

Court revealed doc­u­ments that be­tween Fe­bru­ary 10 and 27 she stole a to­tal of £1,619.33 cash. Af­ter the hear­ing, Cheshire Po­lice said that Davies told de­tec­tives she spent the stolen cash on slot ma­chines in book­mak­ers.

A spokesman said: “Po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint about the theft of a sum of money from a mem­ber of staff at Max Spiel­mann in Con­gle­ton.

“A 42-year-old woman was in­ter­viewed and ad­mit­ted tak­ing the sum over three dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions and spend­ing it in slot ma­chines at book­mak­ers.”

The Timp­son Group, which owns Max Spiel­mann, de­clined to comment.

Davies made head­lines in Jan­uary af­ter ad­mit­ting to steal­ing £4,724 from bosses at the De Traf­ford Arms in Alder­ley Edge – but then not show­ing up to court be­cause she ‘couldn’t get time off work’ from her job at a print­ing firm.

Then judge Roger Dut­ton sen­tenced her to 10 months in prison sus­pended for two years, warn­ing her she had ‘es­caped prison by a hair’s breadth’.

The hear­ing in Jan­uary was told that while work­ing on re­cep­tion, Davies brazenly re­funded money from the credit card ma­chine into her bank ac­count on four oc­ca­sions at the Alder­ley Edge ho­tel be­tween April 2 and June 21. It heard that Davies stole be­cause as a team leader paid £8.20 an hour she felt over­worked and un­der­paid. The hear­ing was told that she had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for steal­ing from an em­ployer.

Stuart Kauf­man, de­fend­ing her at the time, Davies claimed hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy af­ter a hys­terec­tomy had ‘thrown her off course’ and drawn back into her ad­dic­tive be­hav­iour.

Donna Davies has been jailed for theft

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