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Ipswich: Woman avoids jail after stealing £5,000 from 99p store Yippee

PUBLISHED: 14:53 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:53 31 March 2014

Yippee 99p store, Ipswich

Yippee 99p store, Ipswich

An assistant at the Yippee 99p discount store in Ipswich stole £5,000 and “frittered” it away on buying drinks and presents for friends and relatives, a court has heard.

Bethany Baldry, whose mother and sister also worked at the Carr Street store, was caught out when her bosses spotted her stealing money from the till while they were checking CCTV footage to see if members of staff were eating or using their phones while they were on duty, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Baldry, who was 18 at the time of the thefts, was seen taking money on October 6 and when further footage was viewed it was discovered she had done the same thing on four other days, said Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.

He said that when customers paid cash for purchases she would record “no sale” on the till and would write on her hand how much the till would be over and then take out that amount.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said Baldry, who began work at the store in October 2012, had taken between £150 and £280 on four occasions in September and October last year but the total amount stolen by her was unclear.

When Baldry was challenged by her bosses about the thefts she admitted what she had done and signed a confession accepting she had stolen £5,000 and agreeing to repay the money.

Baldry, now 19, of Mackintosh Close, Ipswich, admitted five offences of theft between June and October last year and was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community. She was also ordered to spend 36 hours at an attendance centre.

Steven Dyble, for Baldry, said his client had no previous convictions and had been suffering from anxiety and depression around the time of the offences.

He said she had frittered the money away on buying drinks for friends and presents for her nieces and nephews.

Mr Dyble said she regretted what she had done and was unlikely to re-offend. She had got another job and had been frank about the court case but had lost the job on Thursday after her new employer received an anonymous telephone call.

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