Security guards found guilty of meat theft

Two security guards at a South Wales meat plant bungled a robbery on their own premises, a court heard.

Sydney Merrifield and Stuart Sanders, who worked at the Dawn Meats factory in Llanelli, admitted theft charges when they appeared before Llanelli magistrates on 30 May.

The court heard that the pair planned the robbery, which saw them take 44 joints of vacuum packed meat worth £1,600, after they claimed they had been turned down for a pay rise.

They took the meat in the early hours of the morning on 12 Jan, moving one of the CCTV cameras, which they controlled, so that their theft would not be filmed.

But the following morning when the manager was informed of the stock loss and that one of the cameras had been moved he suspected the defendants and going to their houses found the meat.

The men were ordered to pay £800 compensation to the company and to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.

Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Arwyn Davies said: “Not having a pay rise does not give you the right to theft of your employer. You were in a position of trust and it was outlined you had stolen meat before for profit.”


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