A CLEANER stole charity boxes from his employers when he went off the rails due to personal problems.
Brian Loveland, of Hopkinson Road, Sheepridge, took hundreds of pounds worth of goods during his early morning shifts at Tesco.
Magistrates in Huddersfield yesterday told the 24-year-old that he was lucky to escape jail because of the serious breach of trust involved They heard that the father-of-one worked at the Viaduct Street store, but was employed by cleaning company Servest.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said Loveland was caught on CCTV picking up two charity boxes by the tills and placing them in a bin lined with a black bin liner. The boxes belonged to the Alzheimer’s Society and contained £350.
He also admitted stealing a mobile phone worth £124.97, £90 worth of Jack Daniels whiskey and £360 worth of lottery scratchcards.
Magistrates gave him a community sentence for 12 months, including a 30-day activity requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Loveland was also given a curfew and ordered to pay the money back to the charity.