Worksop: Man stole 600 board games

In Court
In Court

A Worksop man who stole over 600 board games from his employee and sold them on eBay has been given a six month suspended sentence and curfew.

David Goucher, 46, of Barn Close, first fell under suspicion when a routine scan of the online auction website by employers Seafield Logistics and Distribution turned up four luggage bags which had gone missing.

Prosecuting, Ruth Snowdin said the company contacted the seller, who turned out to be Goucher, who worked as a cleaner for the Shireoaks firm.

Police were informed, and a search of his property uncovered around 600 board games all belonging to Seafield, with an estimated cost value of £4,200.

The court heard how Goucher suffered with mental health problems, leading him to contemplate suicide on two occasions.

As the games were recovered, no loss was made by Seafields, although Ms Snowdin said it was uncertain how long Goucher had been selling company stock online.

Sentencing the defendant, District Judge Diane Baker said: “There are a number of factors that make this a very serious case.”

“This is a breach of trust of a long period of time - you must have been stealing on an almost daily basis.”

Goucher was given a six month prison sentence suspended for one year, and a two month curfew at his home address from 8pm-5am was also imposed.