A callous woman who stole stock from a ‘brave and enterprising’ blind businessman and tthen sold it on eBay has escaped being jailed.
Emma Findlay pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to stealing model cars, commemorative figures of sports stars and clothing from Priors Marston based e-collectable.com Ltd.
Findlay, 39, of Warwick Place, Leamington was given a 15-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay £612.24 compensation to e-collectable.com. It is owned by blind businessman David Adams.
Prosecutor Scott Coughtrie said Mr Adams employed her in September last year as a general sales assistant in the company which sells bronze commemorative sporting figures and die-cast model cars.
Findlay worked in the warehouse where she had access to all the goods sold, promoted a website and set up an ebay account for the company.
During her time there she generally went home early, ostensibly to monitor online auction sites - but the company’s sales director noticed items going missing from the stock, with some of them occasionally being returned to the shelves.
By November 12 Findlay submitted her resignation by e-mail in which she indicated she was not owed anything.
In January the sales director noticed a number of items being offered for sale on ebay and realised they matched unique items which had previously gone missing and police arrested her.
Items worth around £2,300 were recovered from her home, and records showed she had sold goods worth £612.24 through the online auction site, added Mr Coughtrie.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones commented: “What is so distressing is that, in Mr Adams, here is a man for whom it takes more courage than most people to go into business, and he needs to place special trust in those he employs.”
“It is important that when a judge sentences somebody that he does not do so in anger. The public expect me to be professional and even-tempered but I cannot help but appreciate the anger there would be in the public at large at this despicable dishonesty.
“You were given the chance of a job by a brave and enterprising disabled man who, by reason of his disability, has to place a special trust in those who are around him. His trust will have been damaged by your despicable dishonesty.
“This is a theft which is such a severe breach of trust that even with the credit you must have for your plea of guilty still means there must be a prison sentence, although it can be suspended.”
After the hearing Mr Adams and his wife Judith said they were satisfied with the outcome.