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Tesco team leader found guilty of stealing cigarettes from Abbeymead store

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

  • Ashley Caine

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TESCO Express team leader Ashley Caine stormed angrily out of Gloucester Crown Court after being convicted of stealing cigarettes from the store.

Ashley Caine swung open the courtroom door with full force and swore as a court official told him not to leave because he had to speak to a probation officer.

Caine, 21, of Wattisham Road, Kingsway, had denied theft from Tesco in Abbeymead but was convicted by a jury after a four day trial.

The court had been told that in July 2012 Tesco began to notice discrepancies in cigarette and tobacco stocks at the store.

By mid-January last year it was clear they had a theft problem because about £12,000 worth of tobacco products had gone missing and Tesco operations manager Robert Shaw began an investigation, the court heard.

“He identified suspicious activity by the defendant on a number of occasions in the area around the tobacco safe, to which four employees had access,” prosecutor Philip Warren said.

“The defendant was unable to provide a proper account of his actions and was suspended by Tesco pending a disciplinary meeting.

“Analysis of his mobile phone showed a text message on January 29 last year referring to the brands of cigarettes and tobacco that had gone missing.

“Since the defendant was suspended from the store there have been virtually no stock losses.”

Caine denied he was responsible in any way for the theft of the stock but the jury convicted him and he was bailed for a pre-sentence report.

He will be sentenced on March 14.

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  • LJPoppy  |  March 05 2014, 1:10PM

    No Way, there is a house in Kingsway with stacks upon stacks of cigarette boxes inside in full view on the front window sill. I have (unfortunately) had to pass by several times on my walk to work. So actually I can fully believe this sort of crime involving a Kingsway resident! One day, hopefully, we'll earn enough to be able to move out of this godforsaken 'village'!!

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  • dcfc79  |  February 16 2014, 3:29PM

    He thought he could get away with it but got caught.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 1:36PM

    Remember that's about 150 sleeves (200 fags) sure he would have got caught red handed with that many up his jumper!