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Dad shopped security guard son who stole cash collected from Co-op stores

A CROOKED security van driver is facing jail after his own father discovered he had secretly stolen cash collected from Co-op stores. Andrew Cave, 25, admitted pocketing up to 9,000 from branches he had collected money from. The thefts only came to light when his father discovered collection envelopes containing 3,625 cash in the boot of his son s car.

His company, Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd, and police were then called in and he was arrested. A judge at Warwick Crown Court warned Cave that custody is likely after he had pleaded guilty to the theft and the case was adjourned after the company claimed 11,860 had been taken. The former security guard, of Rectory Close, Exhall, was granted bail for evidence to be obtained on exactly how much he had stolen.

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Prosecutor Ian Windridge said Cave had worked as a cash in transit driver for Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd since November 2015, and his job included collecting cash from stores. The last day he had worked for the company was May 27 . Six days later his father discovered two Security Plus packages containing 3,625 in cash in the boot of his son s car. When challenged, Cave admitted taking the money from his employers – who were then informed, along with police.

In interview, Cave admitted that he had collected cash from three Co-op stores in north Warwickshire and Hinckley. He should have scanned the packages of cash, which would have entered them onto the Security Plus system, but instead he had made an excuse to give staff handwritten receipts.

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Cave admitted he then kept the cash, which he said came to between 8,000 to 9,000, but Security Plus put the figure at around 11,860. Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: If it is provable by the company, it should be proved.

Plainly Mr Cave wants to know his fate, but his fate may be different under the guidelines if this material is available . It could make a real difference.

David Coyle, defending, said: He accepts whatever figure is established by evidence.

Mr Cave still has the sum of 2,700 in his bank account, and he wants to repay that to the company.

The difficulty is that the police have his bank card, and without that he can t make the transaction. The judge said Cave should be allowed to repay the money in his account before the next hearing . He warned the defendant: All options remain open .

I am making no promises at all .

Custody is likely.

New Look SUSPENDS security guard after brawl with pregnant shoplifter outside Bullring

A security guard has been suspended after been caught on camera involved in a violent brawl with a pregnant shoplifter.

Shocking footage emerged of the clash outside the Bullring branch of New Look1 which shows the undercover store detective trying to detain a struggling Katie Adams. During the two minute video, passersby shout in horror at the security guard to let Adams go with one telling him that she s pregnant.

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A PCSO soon arrives to try and calm the situation with all parties eventually being moved into the store. Adams, of Wordsworth Road, Small Heath, received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the two offences when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

She was also ordered not to enter Birmingham city centre or the inner ring road2 for 12 months, except to attend court and probation appointments.

Now New Look has told the Mail that they have suspended the store detective pending a full investigation.

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A New Look spokesperson said: We are deeply shocked by the contents of this video.

The behaviour of the store detective involved is unacceptable and he has been suspended while an investigation is carried out by our security supplier, Lodge Security.

We expect anyone who works for us either as an employee or through a supplier to act professionally and treat people with respect at all times. The video was filmed by an onlooker, who was visiting the city with a friend and their children . She told the Birmingham Mail: It was terrible.

References

  1. ^ Bullring branch of New Look (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Birmingham city centre or the inner ring road (www.birminghammail.co.uk)

Watch shocking moment pregnant shoplifter lashes out at New Look security guard

Shocking footage has emerged showing a pregnant shoplifter lashing out at a security guard during a violent clash in front of horrified shoppers in the West Midlands. The two-minute-long video shows the undercover store detective desperately trying to detain a struggling Katie Adams outside a New Look store, in the Bullring, Birmingham. A passerby can he heard screaming at the security guard, while another shouts that she is ******* pregnant , reports the Birmingham Mail.1

Eventually, a PSCO arrived at the scene and attempted to calm the commotion as Adams cried into his uniform and reached out for a man in the crowd.

She can be heard telling the officer that she didn t have any stolen goods, before being escorted into the store. West Midlands Police confirmed that they attended the scene and that a woman was charged with theft and assaulting a security guard.

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Adams, of Wordsworth Road, Small Heath, received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the two offences when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday. She was also ordered not to enter Birmingham city centre or the inner ring road for 12 months, except to attend court and probation appointments.

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The video was filmed by an onlooker, who was visiting the city with a friend and their children . She told the Birmingham Mail: It was terrible. A spokesman for New Look said that they were aware of the incident.

References

  1. ^ reports the Birmingham Mail. (www.birminghammail.co.uk)