charity collector stole cash destined for war veterans

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A charity collector stole cash destined for veteran servicemen and woman from the armed forces.

Phil Marlow was seen using collection buckets without a security seal on them and at the end of the day pouring money out of the buckets to keep for himself.

Marlow, 28, of Denville Avenue, Cleveleys, denied stealing £400 but was found guilty of the offence after a trial in his absence.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Marlow worked for a non-profit making company which collected cash for the Veterans Trust Limited.

He and other collectors were sent to various areas of the country to do their jobs and put up in hotels.

Between December 8 and 10 last year he was working in Huddersfield and staying in a Travelodge hotel.

He was spotted using a collection bucket without a security seal on it, emptying the contents onto his hotel bed and pocketing cash at night.

When questioned by the manager of the company he worked for, Marlow said he had won the money at a casino.

Interviewed by police he said: “There’s no proof the money was from the buckets,” the court was told.

David Charnley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions for dishonesty, missed the trial because he thought its date had been changed.

Marlow was sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 15 days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the Probation Service, put on a 10-week tagged curfew from 7pm to 5am and ordered to pay £400 compensation by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.