Pair admit £12,000 supermarket sweep

This Is Wiltshire: Julie and Dean Veale made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods from ASDA Julie and Dean Veale made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods from ASDA

AN ASDA checkout operator and her son stole more than £12,000 of goods from the supermarket in a scam which involved him sneaking shopping through her till.

Julie and Dean Veale were caught on CCTV carrying out the ruse after staff became suspicious when stock checks showed bottles of perfume had gone missing.

The security team discovered she was only scanning a fraction of the items – including toys, perfume and household goods – being carried through by her son.

The pair, both of Spindle Tree Court in Pinehurst, carried out the scam between February and December last year until they were caught in the act.

They pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates’ Court yesterday to two counts of thefts each, totalling £11,200 and £1,600 respectively. Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said: “The allegations of theft offences came to light when a security officer at ASDA was informed by a colleague in relation to perfume appearing to go missing from the shelves. They were aware that perfume had repeatedly gone missing because they had done a stock check. As a result he commenced checks of CCTV.”

Dean Veale was seen on CCTV taking a trolley-load of goods to his mother’s till on December 20 and placing the items on the conveyor belt, where she only scanned a small amount.

Mr Ballinger said: “He was followed from the store and duly brought back in and detained in the security office. His mother, Mrs Veale, was also spoken to by staff and detained.

“Police were subsequently called and commenced to review the CCTV footage.”

Footage was reviewed from the days Julie Veale had worked at the store in West Swindon.

One recording showed her son load up a trolley of between 30 and 50 items, including toys, drinks, clothes and household items – of which only about 20 were scanned.

CCTV footage was found of two further thefts involving similar amounts of goods.

Julie Veale, 57, said in police interview that she had worked for ASDA for more than 12 years but had started ‘skip scanning’ after finding difficulty making ends meet.

She told officers that she was “disgusted and ashamed” by what she had done, Mr Ballinger told the court. Her son, 31, said in interview that he sold the perfume and toys on for cash and apologised for his actions, saying he was “dreading” his mother losing her job. The amounts stolen by the pair, who had started taking food and toiletries before moving on to perfume and toys, were based on their admissions in interview.

Mark Glendenning, defending, said his clients had no previous convictions but began to steal after struggling with their finances, which included the son’s benefits being cut. They had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Glendenning said: “It’s a sad situation which brings them here. Mrs Veale lost her job and is unlikely to get another job because of the nature of the conviction.”

Sentencing was adjourned until May 2 to allow the Probation Service to prepare reports.

Peter Wells, chairman of the bench, said: “These reports leave all sentencing options open to us.

“Obviously we have taken into account you are of previous good character and entered timely guilty pleas in these proceedings.”

An ASDA spokesman said: “We take incidents of shoplifting very seriously. We will always work with police and assist with their investigations.”

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8:42am Fri 11 Apr 14

Mukkin says...

Is that what they mean when they say ' You pocket the difference' :-D
Is that what they mean when they say ' You pocket the difference' :-D Mukkin
  • Score: 7

9:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

Brilliant !
Brilliant ! greenpacer
  • Score: -9

10:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little.
Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little. Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 17

11:20am Fri 11 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little.
Couldnt agree more never get a decent job again with any level of trust. The really sad thing is that this is one of many.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little.[/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more never get a decent job again with any level of trust. The really sad thing is that this is one of many. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 9

1:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

madreeves wrote:
Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?
"But there aren't any"

#eviltoriesetc
[quote][p][bold]madreeves[/bold] wrote: Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?[/p][/quote]"But there aren't any" #eviltoriesetc ChannelX
  • Score: -4

2:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

PaulD says...

ChannelX wrote:
madreeves wrote:
Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?
"But there aren't any"

#eviltoriesetc
there's a checkout job going at Asda
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madreeves[/bold] wrote: Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?[/p][/quote]"But there aren't any" #eviltoriesetc[/p][/quote]there's a checkout job going at Asda PaulD
  • Score: 30

5:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Hammer5 says...

Why cant a payment plan be set up so she has to pay the money back and keep her job because is this not what our politicians are doing .... either way its fraud!!!!
Why cant a payment plan be set up so she has to pay the money back and keep her job because is this not what our politicians are doing .... either way its fraud!!!! Hammer5
  • Score: 5

11:34am Sat 12 Apr 14

John Trollston says...

Dale Winton would not be impressed with our politicians another otherwise honest citizen reduced to crime due to the soaring cost of living and stagnent wages.
Dale Winton would not be impressed with our politicians another otherwise honest citizen reduced to crime due to the soaring cost of living and stagnent wages. John Trollston
  • Score: -4

9:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.
im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are. timt1964
  • Score: -4

12:34pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Wildwestener says...

timt1964 wrote:
im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.
If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything?
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.[/p][/quote]If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything? Wildwestener
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Sun 13 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

Wildwestener wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.
If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything?
once again on this site my opinion rattles the cage of someone who obviously has no opinion of their own.if you dont like my comments then fine but at least offer an alternative opinion instead of playground insults.
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.[/p][/quote]If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything?[/p][/quote]once again on this site my opinion rattles the cage of someone who obviously has no opinion of their own.if you dont like my comments then fine but at least offer an alternative opinion instead of playground insults. timt1964
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Sun 13 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

Wildwestener wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.
If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything?
once again on this site my opinion rattles the cage of someone who obviously has no opinion of their own.if you dont like my comments then fine but at least offer an alternative opinion instead of playground insults.
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: im glad asda got stitched up,they treat their customers as an inconvenience at west swindon.maybe more staff can do this type of thing,get the place closed down and replaced by a shiny new waitrose then the adver would have something to o on about.........hold on,they are.[/p][/quote]If everything was good, what would you do with your days, not being able to moan about everyone and everything?[/p][/quote]once again on this site my opinion rattles the cage of someone who obviously has no opinion of their own.if you dont like my comments then fine but at least offer an alternative opinion instead of playground insults. timt1964
  • Score: -4

6:07pm Mon 14 Apr 14

IWrestledABearOnce says...

The obvious conclusion here is that we should nuke pinehurst.
The obvious conclusion here is that we should nuke pinehurst. IWrestledABearOnce
  • Score: 4

6:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

ChannelX wrote:
madreeves wrote:
Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?
"But there aren't any"

#eviltoriesetc
Any reason for your comment......No....n
o change there then.
Just looking to have your own little I am so far right I am correct row.

You have remained consistent at least your comment has nothing to do with the article.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madreeves[/bold] wrote: Great. You get your benefits cut so automatically resort to thieving instead. Did it not occur to the son to at least try and find a job?[/p][/quote]"But there aren't any" #eviltoriesetc[/p][/quote]Any reason for your comment......No....n o change there then. Just looking to have your own little I am so far right I am correct row. You have remained consistent at least your comment has nothing to do with the article. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

10:43am Sun 20 Apr 14

Melgee says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little.
Couldnt agree more never get a decent job again with any level of trust. The really sad thing is that this is one of many.
In cases like this the DSS step in and ensure that the hard working taxpayer funds their benefits because they cannot get employment. Totally wrong of course but it's a fact!
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: Sadly now this person will stand little or no chance getting another job with this level of dishonesty... I can never understand why people risk so much for essentially so little.[/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more never get a decent job again with any level of trust. The really sad thing is that this is one of many.[/p][/quote]In cases like this the DSS step in and ensure that the hard working taxpayer funds their benefits because they cannot get employment. Totally wrong of course but it's a fact! Melgee
  • Score: 0

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