Harborough woman jailed for stealing charity collection box

Court news
Court news

A Harborough woman has been sentenced to 16 weeks in jail for stealing a charity collection tin.

Tanya Barnett, 40, of no fixed abode, was sentenced for the theft of a CLIC Sargent charity collection from the Sugar Loaf pub, in the town’s High Street.

She was also convicted of other theft-related offences and a warrant for failing to appear.

PC Malc Roberts, who led the investigation into the theft, said that a member of staff at the pub was on their break and thought they spotted somebody emptying the charity tin.

Staff at the pub then checked its CCTV and watched the crime captured on camera. They then subsequently reported it to the police.

The police officer said that Barnett was identifiable on the CCTV, and because she was already known to the police, it was a case of tracking her down and arresting her.

He added: “Any theft offence is taken very seriously, but when it is theft from a charity box it is something that affects the whole community, it is people’s money which they believed would be going towards charity.”

PC Roberts said it was not known how much money was in the charity box, but staff at the pub believed it was full before the theft, which happened on March 25.

After the conviction last Wednesday, Inspector Phil Durrant, the Inspector for Market Harborough and Lutterworth, tweeted: “Harborough female given 16 wks in prison after being convicted for stealing a charity collection tin. Great result and a great message”

Barnett was handed a 16-week sentence for the offences.