Man stole from employer as revenge

AGGRIEVED Joseph Minchin is £300 poorer today after stealing £10 from a former employer because he felt he had been treated like a dogsbody.Appearing before Ipswich magistrates, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to breaking in to Anglian Rewind in Farthing Road, Ipswich, and stealing £10 cash and two blank cheques as a drunken act of revenge.

AGGRIEVED Joseph Minchin is £300 poorer today after stealing £10 from a former employer because he felt he had been treated like a dogsbody.

Appearing before Ipswich magistrates, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to breaking in to Anglian Rewind in Farthing Road, Ipswich, and stealing £10 cash and two blank cheques as a drunken act of revenge.

Prosecutor Adele Cook said the branch manager returned to work on December 5 to find a security shutter and door open, along with a broken window.

Money had been taken from the petty cash and the company cheque book had to two cheques missing. Blood was found on the next cheque in the book and also on a magazine nearby, the court heard.

When police carried out tests, Minchin, who has previous convictions, was identified through his DNA.

After his arrest, Mrs Cook said he made a full admission to police in an interview, telling them he had been drunk at the time and that he no longer had the cheques.

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Magistrates heard Minchin, of Birdsfield Cottages, Henley Road, Ipswich, said he did what he did to stir up the owner who he had experienced problems with when he had worked there.

Sharon Hector, mitigating for Minchin, said her client had worked at Anglian Rewind approximately two years ago and there had been resentment over the way he was treated, claiming he had be used like a general dogsbody.

She added Minchin had said: “I really don't know what came over me. It was entirely impulsive. I saw the building. I remembered how I felt when I worked there and entered. It was money I didn't really need.”

Chairman of the bench David Coe fined Minchin £300 and ordered him to pay £34 prosecution costs and £10 for the loss of the money.

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