Tesco worker helped girlfriend shoplift goods
Published: 28 Jun 2012 13:000 comments
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".
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
13 Dec 2013 19:00
After three consecutive league defeats Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson admitted he would settle for “a scrappy 1-0 win” as he looked forward to Saturday’s match against Ards, and that is exactly what he got.
13 Dec 2013 17:00 • Editorial Department
A 60-year-old driving instructor convicted of a “road rage” attack on an elderly motorist has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years.
13 Dec 2013 14:00 • Editorial Department
“Mums are so concerned about the potential health impact of fracking on their children that they are threatening to move away from Fermanagh,” Marilyn Trimble tells The Impartial Reporter.
13 Dec 2013 11:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
Fermanagh land owners have offered their fields and countryside to fracking company Tamboran, it has been claimed.
13 Dec 2013 09:30 • Editorial Department
A 19-year-old butcher’s assistant found lying in the street with his trousers around his ankles was trying to eat a burger.
12 Dec 2013 19:11
The powerful images following the death at the age of 95 of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, has evoked many memories of those fortunate enough to have met the statesman.
12 Dec 2013 18:03
Outgoing SDLP Councillor John O’Kane who will receive over £24,000 when he exits Fermanagh District Council in 2015 has described his severance package as “pittance”.
12 Dec 2013 17:11
THE leader of the SDLP was vowed to win back an Assembly seat for Fermanagh-south Tyrone at the next election but has ruled out taking his party into opposition, saying it would be “counter-productive”.
12 Dec 2013 16:11
Planning applications for an extra 14 wind turbines on three different locations around Fermanagh have been received by the Planning Service.
12 Dec 2013 15:56
ULSTER Unionist MLA Tom Elliott has told Sinn Fein during the Haass talks in Belfast that there is “absolutely no difference” between the IRA and Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
12 Dec 2013 15:01
Two local boat owners have been prosecuted for leaving their motor cruisers moored at the Round ‘O’ public jetty in Enniskillen for longer than 48 hours.
12 Dec 2013 15:00 • Rodney Edwards
SINN Fein’s Gerry Kelly who bombed the Old Bailey in 1973 has said he is “proud” of escaping the Maze prison a decade later with Seamus McElwaine, the man leading the IRA in Fermanagh.
12 Dec 2013 14:01
Some Christmas shoppers are getting caught out with the new discounted car parking ticket scheme introduced by the DRD Minister, Danny Kennedy.
12 Dec 2013 14:00
A number of birds have been seized after police carried out three search operations in the South Fermanagh area yesterday (December 10th) into alleged animal cruelty.
12 Dec 2013 13:03 • Rodney Edwards
THE most senior detective in the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) investigating the Enniskillen bombing was taken off the case several months ago, The Impartial Reporter can reveal.
12 Dec 2013 13:02 • Rodney Edwards
THE mother of an Enniskillen man who fell to his death at a disused quarry nearly a year ago has won a prestigious award for a moving poem she wrote about her son and her grief.
12 Dec 2013 13:00 • Rodney Edwards
THE family of a 51-year-old car mechanic who died in a freak accident in Lisnaskea at the weekend are facing a heartbreaking Christmas without him.
12 Dec 2013 11:45 • Sarah Saunderson
Police in Fermanagh are investigating an incident where a fuel tanker was reversed into the front of the former Quinn premises in the Ballyconnell Road area of Derrylin last night and set alight.
12 Dec 2013 11:30
Police are investigating the theft of a cylinder and copper pipes from a property in the Meenatully Road area of Enniskillen.
12 Dec 2013 08:30
A 27-year-old taxi driver thought he would just “batter on” rather than lose business while waiting for his operator’s licence to arrive, Fermanagh Court has been told.