Leeds fraudster caught stealing paint from Sainsbury's given 'one last chance' to stay out of jail

A fraudster has been warned by a judge that she has two months to prove herself or be sent to jail after she was caught stealing paint from Sainsbury's.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:00 am

Leanne Caizley stole tins of paint from Sainsbury's at Wakefield's Trinity Walk while serving a suspended sentence for fraud.

Leeds Crown Court heard the nursery worker received the fraud convictions a number of years ago when she took £56,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Caizley was given suspended prison sentence along with a community ordeand r with 100 hours of unpaid work for the offence.

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Sainsbury's, Trinity Walk, Wakefield

However, prosecutor Emma Handley told the court that Caizley had continually failed to adhere to the community order, and had 39 unauthorised absences.

Then on June 13 last year, Caizley, of Pasture View Road, Rothwell, was caught trying to steal the four tins of paint from Sainsbury's.

Accompanied by a young child, she used the shop's 'Smartshop' scanner linked to her husband's Nectar account to scan items before placing them in her trolley.

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She scanned the paint then placed them in the basket under her trolley.

When she reached the self-service checkout, she asked staff to void all of the items and began scanning them in again herself, but failed to scan the paint.

She was stopped by security as she tried to leave.

Caizley claimed she had bought the paint from nearby Asda and had a receipt, but was shown CCTV footage from Sainsbury's.

She admitted a charge of theft which put her in breach of her existing suspended sentence.

Before her barrister presented her mitigation to the court, Judge Simon Batiste said he was planning to adjourn proceedings until May 17.

He said her compliance with her punishment from the fraud case had been "far from impressive", and over the next two months he expected her to have completed her unpaid work hours, and her rehabilitation activity days, or risk going to jail.

He told her: "I do not want to lock you up, but I will if necessary. I will give you one last chance."