A Mansfield woman has been convicted of stealing cash from a charity shop where she worked as a volunteer.
Mandy Judson, of Chaucer Street, was arrested by police after the third of three thefts from the St Clare’s Hospice charity shop in South Shields, Tyneside.
Staff found slits in bags containing the shop takings, which the 39-year-old had handled while cashing up.
Judson, a mother-of-three denied the offences - totalling £220 - but was convicted of theft following a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Judson, who had lived on Tyneside at the time, was given a 12-month community order and made to pay compensation and foot the hefty bill for trial costs.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “Money was usually cashed up and taken to the office, where it was cashed up again. Cash was taken from the money bags on three occasions.
“Slits were found in the bags of money. The defendant had access to the shop and to the safe, where the money was kept.”
Judson still denies carrying out the thefts.
Kate Lewis, defending, said: “She continues to deny any involvement in these offences.
“She is giving further thought about whether to appeal.
“The offences go back almost a year ago and there is no suggestion she has been involved in any criminal behaviour since her arrest on 12th July (last year).”
As part of her community order, Judson must complete 60 hours of unpaid work.
She was ordered to pay compensation of £220, as well as a contribution to prosecution costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £60.