A BANK cashier withdrew hundreds of pounds from customer accounts during her lunch break.
Kelly Sian Davies, from Linden Road, Grangetown, was a trusted member of staff at Barclays, having worked her way up through the ranks to get the post.
But the 34-year-old kept hold of the debit cards when customers accidentally left them behind after taking out money at the branch in Seaham.
Using the PIN codes she had noted down, she withdrew £500 on November 18 last year from one woman’s account and a further £300 from another lady’s four days later.
The mum-of-two was filmed on a CCTV system monitoring the cash machine she used, with the times of the transactions matching up.
She admitted two counts of fraud by abuse of position and has since been sacked by the bank.
Durham Crown Court heard Barclays reimbursed the customers when the thefts were discovered and was told she carried out the crime because she was in debt and wanted to provide for her children.
Lewis Kerr, mitigating, explained the mum-of-two had come up against financial difficulties but would be able to pay the money back at £5 a week.
Judge Christopher Prince ordered her to pay back the money in compensation and sentenced her to a 12-month community order with supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work.
He said: “You did extremely well to obtain this position as a cashier, having had something of a chequered history and you had put these problems behind you.
“You had great pride in this position that you had at the bank.
“You have, quite simply, thrown that all away because of this behaviour.
“You cannot possibly be expected to be employed by anybody where you will be trusted again.
“You are remorseful for your behaviour, which was utterly unsophisticated.
“A breach of trust is a breach of trust and it was inevitable you were going to get caught for this offences because you knew there was close circuit television.
“You have upset the card owners by your behaviour.
“The simple fact is you were a personality they believed they could trust and you would see them all the time.”
A spokesman for Barclays said Davies was suspended and them dismissed when the claims were made against her in November.
He said protecting customers and itself against fraudsters was its highest priority, with fraud committed by staff rare.
He added: “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards staff fraud.
“Where any employee involvement is suspected, individuals will be suspended, investigated and where there is evidence of misconduct dismissed.
“We always provide every assistance to the police to enable them to prosecute suspected fraudsters whether internal or external.”