Security guard at Derby City Council quits job after voucher theft
A SECURITY guard working for Derby City Council found hundreds of pounds worth of shopping vouchers and began spending them.
Magistrates were told that Paul Davis, 41, spotted the haul worth £880 near Celtic House, in Heritage Gate, Derby, where he worked.
Instead of handing them in, he used a £20 voucher to buy a video games console at a store in Derby's Westfield shopping centre and the next day passed another to a friend.
Lynne Manning, prosecuting, said the vouchers had been cancelled when Davis's friend tried to use one.
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When questioned by police he told them he had been given the voucher by Davis.
Miss Manning told Southern Derbyshire magistrates: "During the interview, Mr Davis said he worked night security and had done for 15 years, providing internal security for Celtic House.
"He confirmed that he had internal access via a key fob but said he found the vouchers in the car park at about 7.45pm on October 24."
The court was told the city council had bought the 44 vouchers, worth £880, in July. They were reported as missing on October 26.
Davis, of Oaktree Avenue, Derby, admitted theft of the vouchers belonging to the city council and making false representation by using one.
He was ordered to obey a four-month curfew between 7pm and 7am.
Rob Wetton, mitigating, disputed a probation report which suggested Davis was guilty of a "breach of trust."
He told the court: "This is not dissimilar to finding a £20 note in the street and spending it."
The court heard how Davis resigned from his security job when the matter came to light and is currently unemployed.
Mr Wetton said: "He did the right thing with his employer, saying he was in trouble with the police after 15 years' work.
"He has been punished with the loss of his job and his wife is not happy with him.
"He has two teenagers and is not bringing in any income. He is very down at the moment."
Presiding magistrate Stephen Upcraft said they had decided against jailing the defendant.
He said Davis used one voucher and "sold some on".
He told the defendant: "You had the chance to walk away but you didn't. You made a significant number of choices, all of which go against you.
"But the vouchers have been recovered and the property has been returned. You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and all that helps you. We honestly don't expect to see you back here again," added Mr Upcraft.
He was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 surcharge.