Thief avoids jail after £42k raid on employers

Asda, Fleetwood
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A supermarket worker stole goods worth £42,000 from his employer to sell on eBay in a “massive abuse of position”.

Daniel Cannon, 28, was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting to stealing from Asda, in Fleetwood.

His job meant he had access to the warehouse, which he used to steal mobile phones and tablets over a series of months.

His crimes only came to light in March last year, when store bosses noticed a “massive discrepancy”, according to detectives.

Security staff laid in wait for Cannon, of Leith Avenue, Cleveleys, in the CCTV room. He was caught along with co-defendant John Lucas, 36, who admitted attempted theft.

Det Con Martin Walsh, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a massive abuse of position and breach of trust. A high value of goods have been taken – Cannon has been fleecing the store for many months.”

He said the sentence handed down yesterday at Preston Crown Court will make people think twice about stealing from their employers.

He added: “There is a perception among some people that if you get caught stealing, you only get dismissed.

“They need to know that if they steal, there will be consequences.”

Between October 2013 and March 2014, Cannon stole electrical goods worth an estimated £42,000.

The 28-year-old then listed them at a discount on his eBay page, valuing them at a combined £11,953.

Police said they were able to trace around £7,500 of payments that went through his PayPal account, which is used to transfer money between users of the online auctioning site.

Det Con Walsh, speaking outside the court, said: “The offences came to light following a security stock check.

“What they found was a massive discrepancy.

“They have got their own protocol when it comes to theft and security staff laid in wait in the CCTV room.

“Cannon and Lucas were caught in the act.”

Cannon pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to seven months in jail, suspended for 18 months. He was order to carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work.

Lucas, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, had a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months and given 150 hours’ unpaid work after admitting attempted theft.

Both men were ordered to pay £350 each in court costs.