[A] former shop assistant from the Asda store in Kingstown has pleaded guilty to stealing 33-mobile telephones and iPods valued at £3,691.
Fiona Bell, aged 31, of Church Square, Rigg, Gretna, pleaded guilty to theft by an employee when she appeared before Magistrates sitting in Carlisle.
The court was told she worked as a general assistant at the store and stole the items between July 7 and September 28 last year, the court was told how she took the phones from a section of the store that was a secure access only section, she then discarded the packaging and took the phones out of the store, a security officer was notified that a store in the city had bought a number of phones from Ms Bell.
Investigations took place and she admitted the thefts straight away, she had worked for the store for around 9-years, but has now resigned the bench were told.
Magistrates said they felt this offence was a high degree of breach of trust in her position as an employee, and a pre-sentence report has to be prepared, the case was adjourned for sentencing until June 13, Bell was told all sentencing options were open to the magistrates at that hearing.