Shop assistant caught stealing £16k from till

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Boots employee, who lived a "lavish" lifestyle after pocketing £16,191 from the till has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Store security reported the thefts to police after they noticed a shortfall in takings and police compiled 130 clips of CCTV footage of 42-year-old Russell Libranda stealing the cash while serving customers at the company's Heathrow Airport branch.

Libranda was arrested hours later and a police search of his flat revealed he was living beyond the means of a shop assistant.

A police spokesman said: “Libranda had evidently been living in a lavish fashion - his flat was packed with designer clothes and jewellery, numerous iPhones, computers and an expensive TV.

“We also found a shoulder bag, filled with £6,000 in cash, down the side of his wardrobe.

“When I watched the CCTV I was stunned to see he was doing this in view of customers and colleagues, who were distracted.”

Libranda stole £700 during his first weekend at the store and from there his “confidence quickly escalated” according to police.

In his first week he stole a further £3,500 and by week five he took almost £5,000.

Libranda pleaded guilty to one count of theft by employee and was ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation.

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