Doncaster thief must pay £19,610 after stealing 870 items

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A thief who stole luxury goods from a long-established Doncaster shop where she worked, then sold them online, has been ordered to pay back almost £20,000.

Diane Hunt, aged 46, stole goods worth around £25,000 while working at Gregorys in Baxter Gate and then sold the designer leather items on eBay.

Of the 870 items she stole from the independent family-run business, 370 were sold online and the remaining 500 were recovered from Hunt’s home at Hemmingfield Rise, Worksop.

When she was arrested, Hunt admitted the thefts and around £500 in cash was seized from her.

She was later charged with theft and money laundering and was jailed for 18 months, and South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit then began action against her under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court made a confiscation order against Hunt, stating she had an available amount of £19,610, which should be awarded to Gregorys within six months.

Graham Wragg, manager of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Retailers are struggling to survive in this economic downturn so to find a trusted employee stealing from you cannot help.”