Gran escapes jail after stealing £33,000 of Lotto scratchcards from corner shop while working behind the till

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A GRAN stole £33,000 value of Lotto scratchcards from a corner shop while working behind the till, a courtroom docket heard in the present day.

Trusted shop assistant Sheila Hancock, 60, took 1000’s of participating in taking part in playing cards from the current with out paying for them.

Sheila Hancock stole £33,000 value of Lotto scratchcards from the corner shop the place she was a trusted employee.Credit: Richard Rayner

And if she seen it was a worthwhile card after scratching off the silver foil she took the prize cash out of the till, it was talked about.

Puzzled proprietor Virajkumar Patel could not perceive why his busy retailer wasn’t making a revenue regardless of staying open all by the pandemic.

So he checked CCTV and was horrified when he seen Hancock repeatedly serving to herself to participating in taking part in playing cards and winnings.

York crown courtroom docket heard she had flip into hooked on the “easy” participating in and bought away with the deceit from January 2020 till April of this 12 months.

The courtroom docket was instructed that devastated Mr Patel is now “working for nothing” as he refunds Camelot to the tune of £33,233.84.

He purchased Bytheway Convenience Store, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in January final 12 months and saved Hancock on to run it for him as a result of of this of she had labored for the earlier proprietor for 10 years.

Prosecutor Michael Cahill talked about: “The store was not making any money and Mr Patel put that down to the refit he had carried out when he bought it.

“He had had a CCTV system put in by April 2021 when he nonetheless discovered the retailer was not making any particular revenue.

“On April 9 he seen the CCTV and on that system he witnessed the defendant take scratchcards from the dispenser and certainly not pay for them.

“He regarded as soon as extra at randomly chosen days and seen participating in taking part in playing cards being taken from the dispenser, scratched and certainly not paid for.

“On some events the defendant was taking her winnings from worthwhile participating in taking part in playing cards from the till.”

The corner shop in Thirsk, North Yorkshire where assistant Sheila Hancock stole £33,000 worth of scratchcards.
The corner shop in Thirsk, North Yorkshire the place assistant Sheila Hancock stole £33,000 value of scratchcards.Credit: Richard Rayner

In a sufferer assertion Mr Patel talked about: “She was treated like a member of the family. Looking back over the CCTV footage my disbelief was off the scale.”

He talked about he and his companion invited Hancock to meals spherical the household desk and his daughters aged two and eight had been fond of her.

He added: “She bought my daughters small gifts which I thought was such a nice thing to do, but now I realise she was probably using money she had stolen from me, which makes me feel really stupid.”

Ian West, mitigating, talked about: “Her offending was a form of gambling addiction. It was easy to simply take scratchcards from the rack to see if they were winners and if not discard them.

“She turned hooked on that straightforward approach of stealing. It didn’t truly actually really feel like taking cash out of the till to her, nonetheless of course it was as a result of of this of these participating in taking part in playing cards needed to be paid for and she or he apologises for that now.”

Hancock, of Thirsk, admitted theft at a earlier listening to. She has a earlier conviction for income fraud 13 years in the earlier for which she obtained a suspended sentence.

Judge Tariq Khan, QC, sentenced her to a two-year jail time interval suspended for 2 years with 20 rehabilitation days and 140 hours of unpaid work.

He talked about: “I am satisfied your criminal behaviour had a significant adverse effect on Mr Patel and his family. He finds himself now in debt to Camelot to the tune of £33,000 and you are responsible for that state of affairs.”

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