Tesco worker helped girlfriend shoplift goods

Published: 28 Jun 2012 13:000 comments

A 30-year-old Tesco worker was "off his face on drugs" when he removed the security tags from expensive items in his girlfriend's shopping trolley, which she then wheeled out the door.

Share this image

Dean Rogers, from Corban Avenue, Enniskillen, and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Michela Breen, from Keenogue Road, Trillick, admitted stealing a digital camera, television and video game to the value of £312.87.

He was employed under the Government's Steps to Work programme, aimed at getting unemployed young people into jobs.

District Judge Liam McNally told him: "You worked at Tesco by reason of the fact that they promoted the Steps to Work programme and placed a degree of trust in you to try and get you back into employment. You betrayed their trust by going to the store with Breen and stealing a substantial quantity of goods."

He sentenced him to six months in prison, suspended for three years, and fined him £200 "so you can pay that out of your pocket rather than spending it on alcohol".

He put Breen, who had no previous convictions, on probation for 12 months on condition that she attends an alcohol and drug counselling programme.

Outlining the background to the case a prosecutor told Fermanagh Court that at approximately 1.30am on November 6, last year, police attended the Tesco supermarket in Enniskillen where security staff had detained a female shop-lifter.

CCTV showed her in the electronics section and Rogers, a Tesco employee, lifting a 23 inch LCD television worth £170 and putting it into her trolley.

They also put a digital camera worth £99 in the trolley before going to the entertainment section, where Breen lifted a Playstation 3 game worth £47.99 from a shelf and put it into the trolley.

Rogers left and went to his check-out. She continued to walk around the store and then went to his check-out.

He helped her pack, removing the security tags from the expensive items and handing them to her to put in her trolley.

She paid for some food items with coupons and a small amount of cash and proceeded to walk out the door.

However, security staff stopped her and asked her for a receipt for the television, digital camera and computer game.

When she was unable to produce a receipt they escorted her to the staff quarters and the police were called.

Rogers was arrested and made no reply. He subsequently told police he was "off his face on drugs".

Breen made full admissions to the offence.

The items were recovered and were fit for re-sale.

Defence solicitor, Miss Michelle McVeigh, said Rogers, who she referred to as Gillen, and Breen, were in a "casual relationship".

She said Rogers has "significant real issues with alcohol and drugs" and has been seeking help. He was ashamed of his behaviour and apologised.

Miss McVeigh said it was while Breen was living in Birmingham that "her addictions spiralled out of control". She had not previous convictions and was extremely ashamed of her actions.

The solicitor submitted that there was "very little planning or sophistication" in the crime.

Tesco, Britain's largest supermarket chain, faced criticism over its participation in the Department of Employment and Learning's Steps to Work programme, designed to help unemployed young people find a job.

Left-wing campaigners picketed some of its stores and occupied others, claiming the work experience aspect was little more than "slave labour".

Jump to first paragraph.


comments powered by Disqus

Get more stories from our Roundup section

24 Apr 2014 21:18

Beragh see off Lisbellaw to set up final date with Town

Stephen Browne proved to be the match winner for Beragh Swifts as they set up an Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup final meeting with Enniskillen Town United following a 2-0 win over Lisbellaw United at Ferney Park tonight Browne bagged both the second half goals that saw Beragh progress.


24 Apr 2014 19:00 • Editorial Department

Churches come together to commemorate the sadness of Good Friday

The sadness and poignancy of Good Friday was commemorated by the congregations of The Graan and Rossorry Parish Church, who came together for “The Way of the Cross”.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 19:00 • Rodney Edwards

#fermanaghspake This Week is...

Led (as in ‘Lad’)

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 17:00 • Rodney Edwards

Villiers’ sums ‘don’t add up’

SINN Fein MLA Rosie McCorley used her Easter address in Fermanagh on Sunday to hit out at Secretary of State Theresa Villiers who last week said that any review into the past must have “proportionate focus on the wrongdoing of paramilitaries”.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 17:00 • Editorial Department

Tamboran expect to drill a well in Ireland in June or July, report says

FRACKING company Tamboran’s Chief Executive Officer Joel Riddle has said that it expects to drill a well in Ireland in June or July.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 16:00 • Rodney Edwards

Mass rule is ‘destroying the Orange Order’

A FERMANAGH Orangeman has spoken of how he has been on the verge of quitting the organisation over its “stupid rule” about members attending Catholic church services.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 16:00 • Rodney Edwards

Criticism of those who wear ‘convict uniform to toast Queen’

THE deaths of prominent Republicans Jim Murphy and Patrick McManus have been remembered during commemorative events in Derrylin and Swanlinbar, organised by the 1916 Sean MacDiarmada society.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department

Kilkenny man is new manager at Lough Erne

Kilkenny-man Andrew Phelan has been appointed as General Manager of the Lough Erne Resort.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan

Shareholder claims that Glanbia made £10,000 offer at meeting

FIVEMILETOWN Co-operative Society shareholders have been offered £10,000 each from Glanbia, a shareholder has claimed.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 14:00 • Lily Dane

Quinton family dealt another blow with death of Christopher

The Quinton family has been dealt another tragic blow with the news this week of the unexpected death of Christopher Quinton whose passing is being met with shock and sadness in the community.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 14:00 • Rodney Edwards

Call for ban on GAA jerseys at universities debated

SINN Fein’s Phil Flanagan has discussed Jim Allister’s call for a ban on GAA jerseys from universities in Northern Ireland with the Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rodney Edwards

'Nanny, nanny... he's dead, dead'

The call no mother wants - read Ruby Brown's moving interview following the death of her son Richard in a motorbike accident

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 13:00 • Julie Kenwell

Collegiate given chance of 11th hour appeal to WELB

PARENTS of Collegiate Grammar School are to make an 11th hour appeal to members of the Western Education Library Board (WELB) not to sign off on a development proposal which would see it merge with Portora Royal next year.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 10:15

3,000-year-old bogwood sculptures installed at SWAH garden

BOGWOOD sculptures over 3,000 years old have been installed at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) garden.


24 Apr 2014 10:00 • Editorial Department

Inside today's paper

Way of the Cross: Congregations walk together on Good Friday.

Social: Comments0 comments

24 Apr 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department

In today's Impartial Reporter:

The phone call no mother wants as Ruby Brown tells of the moment she learned of the death of son Richard in a motorbike accident. Read her in-depth and moving interview.

Social: Comments0 comments

23 Apr 2014 21:30

Late Breen strike sends Town into final

Enniskillen Town Utd came from a goal down to book their place in the final of the Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup with a 2-1 win over Kesh at Ferney Park tonight.


23 Apr 2014 15:35

Car stolen in "creeper burglary"

A car was stolen during a so-called “creeper burglary” at Raceview Court near the Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen.


23 Apr 2014 13:15

Castle Archdale hosts Dawn Chorus event

LOCAL people are invited to meet at Castle Archdale at 5am on Saturday, May 3, to listen to the birds welcome the new day in fine voice.


23 Apr 2014 11:30

Radio DJ includes Fermanagh stop in marathon challenge for charity

A radio DJ will bring her fundraising marathon challenge to Fermanagh this June in aid of Cancer Research UK.