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

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.

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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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9 comments

  • 'anonymous phone call'? What a rotten thing to do- the girl was very silly but is now desined to a life of joblessness and probably crime as a result, when she could have taken the rap on the knuckles, learned from it and gone on to be a productive and law abiding and economically active member of society.

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Does that sign say the biggest 99p shop I the world!

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • @tonyb: You are correct that this simply encourages crime as there is no serious deterrent. But I have been writing comments now for about 25 years on the decline in our willingness to tackle crime in the same way as if it was an external war. Crime is a war on the rest of us who work honestly. As we give lower and lower punishments for crimes we now deem 'low level' that level creeps ever upwards; what once resulted in prison now is a ticking off. If your home is burgled you are now often advised how to increase your protection but the criminal is never caught and if he or she is caught then the punishment is a joke. So how long before those who are physically or sexually assaulted are given advice on future personal protection whilst the criminal is given a warning! Where does the decline stop? When will our politicians realise that to tackle crime with an iron fist will massively reduce crime, reduce the need for prisons and give the genuine and law-abiding citizens freedom to walk the streets safely and to know their possessions are safe. Also, each of us now pays hundreds of pounds every year (maybe thousands) in the extra costs of shop goods due to shoplifting, extra insurance premiums due to crime, extra Council Tax to create more police officers, extra taxes to pay for prisons .... the list goes on and on! Many countries in the world deal with their criminals in a severe way and we should copy that BEST PRACTICE.

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Of course her new bosses should be informed, Would you employ someone who stole £5000 ? This girl got off lightly. There are plenty of honest unemployed young people out there who would be only to happy to have a job.

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    Kelly M

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • No prison,well that really is going to deter to others!! That amount surely when you are in a position of trust is deserving of time inside.

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    tonyb

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So, are we meant to believe the employer had no idea of any theft or fraudulent activity and just happened to be checking if staff were eating on duty or using their phones? Sounds like a clever girl, despite stupid, selfish, greedy and dishonest... a £5000 interest free loan in return for 200 hours of unpaid work - as she knew such a store didn't have a sophisticated stock management system. Put it another way, other 18 year olds would have to be on the dole, working for their benefits and have no chance of getting a loan without previous credit history and such a low income. I somehow feel her relatives were in on the deal and should have also been prosecuted...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Sentinel Red, would you be so charitable if the girl's new job was working in a residental home caring for vunerable people ?

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    Anonymous-Suffolk

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Sentinel Red, would you be so charitable if the girl's new job was working in a residental home caring for vunerable people ?

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    Anonymous-Suffolk

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Bet she shaves cats too.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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