Thief’s bid to rip off colleagues three times

Mansfield Magistrates Court
Mansfield Magistrates Court

A thief from Retford tried to steal from his co-workers three times before he was caught.

Daniel David Stafford, 21, of Hirst Road, admitted two counts of theft and one count of burglary with intent to steal at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Stafford had been employed as an agency worker at Clipper, a shipping firm on the Boughton industrial estate, when he stole £34 in cash from his co-workers on November 1.

avid Miles, prosecuting, said Stafford had been booked to do a 12 hour shift and during a break he rifled through his co-workers coats.

“On November 12 he returned to the locker room - despite the fact he wasn’t due to work - but was interrupted.”

Both occasions were recorded on CCTV.

Stafford returned to the locker room on November 29 and stole three mobile phones, a black wallet containing bank cards and £8 in cash, but was detained by security guards on his way out.

Defending, Nicola Grey said: “He was interviewed under caution and made a full admission. He told me that he went to get his coat jacket and while in the locker room he started feeling other pockets. This was an opportunistic crime. He very stupidly decided to go back and take his chances.”

She told the court that Stafford has no drink or drug issues and cares for his mother who has a lung condition. He is currently employed.

Stafford also admitted driving a silver Vauxhall Vectra without insurance on November 29.

He denies making off from the Jet petrol station on London Road, Retford, without paying for fuel on August 11. He is due to appear in court again on December 16.