Phone bill debt led teenager to steal

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A teenager stole from her workplace after getting into debt over her mobile phone and social media accounts, a court was told.

Charlene Clark worked part-time at the cigarette kiosk in Morrisons on Amy Johnson Way and stole more than £1,000 from there.

Clark, 19, of Newhouse Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to theft from an employer between May 30 and July 3 2015.

She was sentenced to do 100 hours unpaid work 
for the community and ordered to pay £640 compensation plus a £180 court charge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Craig Lavender, told her: “This was a significant breach of trust over a fairly long period.”

Prosecutor, Adrian Hollamby, said Clark had worked part-time at Morrison in the cigarette kiosk for about four years.

A trolley with a cash float used to come round and on occasions she took money from it stealing a total of £1,005.

When police searched her home they found a cash tin containing £360 belonging to Morrisons.

John McLaren, defending, his client had no previous convictions.

At the time of the offence she was under financial pressure as she had racked up large bills associated with telephone and social media use, Mr McLaren told the court.

She had resigned from her job at Morrison and now hoped to get work in a factory, her solicitor told the bench.