Fruit machine folly led to £6,964 theft

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A foolhardy manageress stole thousands of pounds from a Chesterfield club as she tried to replace the cash by playing fruit machines.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Angela Sperry, 58, of Rufford Close, Chesterfield, had been the Club Chesterfield Miners’ Welfare manageress when she stole £6,964.30.

Prosecuting solicitor Peter Bettany said: “She originally took £1,800 but during the same night she realised this had gone missing from her pocket. She began moving cash from one safe to another to hide the fact and repaid £500 from her wages.”

Mr Bettany added Sperry stole more money to use at Noble’s Amusements in a failed effort to replace the stolen cash. And following a fire at a house where Sperry was staying, she told police £3,600 of the clubs’ takings had been destroyed but she later admitted theft.

Defence solicitor Philip Bloore said Sperry attempted to pay some money back before stealing more to use on fruit machines in an effort to replace the cash. He added she developed bad judgement after battling with acute asthma and a bad spine. Sperry pleaded guilty to theft after stealing £6,964.30 between October and December 2011. She was released on unconditional bail and her case was adjourned to Derby Crown Court for sentencing on September 30.