AN employee at Solihull’s Mothercare has escaped going to jail after stealing over £2,000 from the store where she worked - to buy sweets and cakes.
Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday there was ‘no clear reason’ why Yvonne Blackmore, who had worked for the firm for ten years, decided to start stealing from the town centre store.
The 37-year-old mum was not in any debt, does not drink and simply took the cash to buy ‘comfort food’ while her husband was working night shifts, the court was told.
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said staff became suspicious Blackmore was stealing money from the till. CCTV was installed and she was caught making fake transactions, refunding the money and then pocketing the cash.
The store began disciplinary action but Blackmore handed in her notice.
She pleaded guilty to theft between June 14, 2011 and March 15 this year.
John Derry, defending, said two members of his client’s family had recently died from cancer; her mother has been receiving treatment for breast cancer and Blackmore is undergoing tests for cervical cancer.
He added: “The exact reason for this behaviour does seem to be a mystery but the reason can only be put down to the state of her mind due to the illness and deaths in her family.”
Blackmore, of Meadow Road, Kings Norton, was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. She was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £2,098 compensation and £100 costs.