A worker at a bookmaker’s who stole a colleague’s purse was described as having committing a ‘mean’ offence by a judge.
Paul Grey was captured on CCTV at Ladbrokes, in Dickson Road, Blackpool, reaching into the woman’s jacket and taking her purse.
Grey, 20, of Carshalton Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft.
Grey was fined £80 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £95 compensation plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told him: “It was a mean offence to steal from a colleague.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a woman manager at Ladbrokes put her jacket over a her chair which was behind a security counter on June 19. After finishing work she found her purse, which contained £95 cash and a bank card, was missing.
Grey was given a caution by the police on the condition he paid £95 compensation, but he did not pay in time.
Peter Cave, defending, told the judge that his client, who had no previous convictions, had been short of money and it was an opportunistic theft.
Grey had been sacked and he said his last wages had not been paid to him. He therefore could not pay for the conditional caution.
He wrote and asked for more time to pay and was given it, but he had moved address in the meantime and did not receive the letter telling him that.