Hull sex shop workers Julie Preston and Rachael Greensides caught on CCTV stealing toys and erotica
A SEX shop owner caught two workers stealing sex toys worth hundreds of pounds on camera.
Julie Preston, 42, and Rachael Greensides, 27, both worked in the Pulse and Cocktails store in Hull when they stole sex toys, outfits and cash.
The store manager became suspicious after another staff member raised the alarm. For two weeks, he watched CCTV footage of the pair stealing sex toys and erotica from the shop.
Prosecutor Heather Levitt said Preston and Greensides had worked at the store for years before another employee told the manager clothing was going missing.
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She said: "He began to monitor the CCTV recordings and discovered them placing carrier bags behind the till and placing various adult items in them before removing the bag and putting it under the counter."
Greenside was seen to charge customers for goods and, after they had left, she would void the sale and not put the money in the till.
Greensides, of Durham Street, east Hull, stole items worth £217.75 on July 15, £103.95 on July 17 and £100 on July 22.
Preston, of Navigation Way, Victoria Dock, stole items worth £68.95 on July 15, £39.95 on July 22 and £979.70 on July 31. They were both arrested on July 31 and have since pleaded guilty to three counts of theft.
The pair claimed they were under pressure to meet targets to sell high-value products and as a result they were keeping back the money from smaller purchases and later ringing them through the till as a high-value purchase.
Their solicitor Mike Farr said: "The aggravating feature is the breach of trust from their employer.
"They were both invited for a internal meeting with the company and made admissions and the police were called. They made full admissions based on the CCTV evidence put to them.
"The property involved is of a relatively low value.
"Preston pleaded guilty to stealing £1,088.60 and she handed back items that were still at her home. Greenside stole £421.20.
"The thefts were not predominantly for financial gain. Preston claims she took items home intending to sell them to friends.
"Both have lost their employment and their exemplary record."
The company told the Crown Prosecution Service it is seeking a civil action against the women for a further £3,018.
However, Mr Farr told the court Preston has already paid back £1,400. Both women have not received their final wage packets and the thefts they are charged with have already been repaid.
Magistrates gave both women 12-month community orders and ordered them to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.
They have both been ordered to pay £85 court costs.