Thieving Hatfield bar worker could have put Redbourn pub out of business

PUBLISHED: 13:16 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:16 03 August 2017

The Cricketers in Redbourn - image Google Street View.

The Cricketers in Redbourn - image Google Street View.

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A thieving bar worker cried in the dock today when a judge told her she had been “very selfish” and had no thought about the impact her stealing would have on others.

Andrea Beacham, now 30, risked putting the Cricketers Pub and Restaurant in Redbourn out of business after taking more than £7,500 from the safe.

On two earlier occasions she had altered bills at the restaurant and pocketed over £200, St Albans crown court heard.

Previously she was working at The Cowper Arms in Letty Green where she had twice voided transactions and stole £100 and £83.60.

Beacham, from Goldings House, Hatfield, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to theft and three charges of false accounting.

In April 2008 she had been given a Community Order and unpaid work in Gloucester after admitting refunding money to herself from her job at the British Waterway Museum.

While working as an assistant manager at The Cowper Arms she voided bills on February 18 and 20 2015. She was found out and sacked in March that year.

Shortly afterwards, she obtained a job at The Cricketers. On October 31 2015, she did not turn up for work. When CCTV was examined, it showed her arriving there at 9am, taking a till from the safe upstairs. She emptied the till, taking £7,553.96.

On October 9 she had “voided” items on the bill of a customer who had paid in cash and took £171.45. Nine days later she again “voided” a bill and kept £45.75.

Judge Marie Catterson sentenced her to a total of two years in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to carry out 250 hours unpaid work.

A confiscation hearing will take place later.

Referring to her stealing from The Cricketers, the judge told her: “A cash loss of this magnitude risks sending the business under. The owners have borrowed money and laid staff off. They have worked every hour God sends to keep the business afloat.

“Your actions can only be described as very, very selfish, without having a thought for the impact on others.”

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