A Poundworld boss who stole over £5,000 from a Chesterfield store and ran away on a road trip with her partner has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard last Thursday how Michelle Booth, 38, of Brunswick Street, Pilsley, Chesterfield, also texted her sons saying, ‘I’m gone. All you need to know is I love you’.
During a previous hearing, prosecuting solicitor John Cooper said: “She had been in the Poundworld store in Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday, April 21, and was asked by another manager for the safe key and minutes later she gave him the key back and an alarm went off and she was missing.”
The court heard how £5,220.65 was discovered missing as staff cashed-up and Mr Cooper said the money has not been recovered.
Booth had previously been off with depression, according to the court, and failed to appear at work after the money disappeared.
Mr Cooper said Booth’s sons said they had not seen her but they had received the text saying she loved them. Her sons believed she was with her partner with whom she had an on-off relationship, according to the court.
After police traced Booth, she initially denied going to the safe and taking the cash. She told officers she had gone on a road trip with her partner and had travelled to Newquay.
She added that she decided to walk out on her job as a manager after her partner had asked her to go away with him.
Booth, formerly of Padley Wood Road, Pilsley, Chesterfield, later pleaded guilty to stealing the money.
Defence solicitor Treve Lander said she had been struggling with depression.
Magistrates insisted Booth had to be jailed because there had been a breach of trust.