- Holly Trevillion fooled staff five times at a branch at Castlepoint in Bournemouth
A former Sainsbury’s employee used her old uniform to go on a £200 shoplifting spree by pretending to fulfil an online order at the supermarket.
Holly Trevillion donned her orange and maroon get up which meant other staff at the branch at Castlepoint did not raise an eyebrow when she went round the shop filling up a trolley with groceries.
On one of five occasions the 35-year-old simply walked out of the store with up £200 worth of goods without being stopped by making it appear she was an employee fulfilling an online order.
Trevillionwas eventually caught when a member of staff became suspicious of her activity and confronted her. It is not known how much she stole in total.
A court heard Trevillion had worked for Sainsbury’s for 10 years and had more recently been based at its store at Alder Hills, Poole, Dorset, but was sacked because she missed a number of shifts.
Holly Trevillion (pictured here leaving court) used her old Sainsbury’s uniform to go on a £200 shoplifting spree
The Sainsbuy’s branch at Alder Park in Poole, where Trevillion used to work as a Saunbury’s employee before she was sacked
She admitted to police that she targeted the Sainsbury’s branch at Castlepoint, Bournemouth, because nobody knew her there.
She said she wore her old uniform knowing it would mean she was less likely to be challenged.
Tara Olney, prosecuting, told the magistrates in Poole that Trevillion had been viewed on CCTV on five separate occasions between September 18 and October 19 last year putting groceries in a trolley and then walking out without making any attempt to pay.
It is not known how much she stole in total, but on one occasion she stole over £200-worth of food and household items.
Miss Olney said: ‘She was seen to leave Sainsbury’s without making any attempt to pay. She chose to avoid the checkouts and followed that behaviour in each incident.
‘When interviewed by police she started by saying she didn’t accept it was fraud because it was her uniform and she did work at Sainsbury’s.
‘She said she lost her job because she missed too many shifts. She admitted she went there intending to steal general household shopping.
‘She said it would be easier if she was in uniform to steal and the limelight would not be on her.’
Trevillion, who was of previous good character, admitted five counts of fraud by false representation.
The court heard she had lived in London with her husband and teenage son and worked for a Sainsbury’s there but transferred to the store in Poole last year after her 18-year relationship ended.
Trevillion (pictured here leaving court) was eventually caught when a member of staff became suspicious of her activity and confronted her
She was supposed to work 25 hours a week but was ‘absent for weeks at a time’ after her marriage ended ‘not of her choosing’.
He said: ‘She chose to move away from the family home and return back to the Bournemouth area.
‘She arranged a transfer to a branch in Alder Hills. She was meant to be working 25 hours a week but was absent for weeks at a time while trying to come to terms with the emotional trauma.
‘Her employers were initially supportive but their patience ran out and they dismissed her.
‘She embarked on a new relationship. She was paying £700 a month rent and he was not contributing financially, she was finding it all very difficult.
‘It was his suggestion when things were getting tight that she might want to take a particular action.
‘She is a lady of some integrity, she takes full responsibility for her actions. She gave full admissions and says ‘I did wear the uniform because I thought that would be a deflection.’
‘This is out of character for this lady. She is trying to get her life back on track and is really ashamed about her actions.’
Trevillion was handed a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £206.28 compensation to Sainsbury’s and £111 costs and victim surcharge.