Driver stole charity bags collected from generous Wearsiders

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A DRIVER delivered a batch of charity bags to Wearside homes then kept the householders’ donations for himself.

Carl Akenhead was angry he had lost his job with a firm that dropped off the empty sacks for people to fill with unwanted goods for charity, to collect a few days later.

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So the 39-year-old serial thief took his revenge by stealing a wad of the empty bags, posting them through people’s doors, then collecting and keeping them once they were full.

Akenhead, who has convictions for stealing from three previous employers, admitted he had planned to sell the property unsuspecting householders had donated to help worthy causes – and keep the profits for himself.

He pleaded guilty to theft and was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court for 14 months.

The court heard the value of the property in the bags he took during the scam last summer was nearly £300.

The stolen property was all recovered.

Judge John Milford told him: “Having lost your employment you stole a number of empty bags and then delivered them to householders who innocently filled them with goods believing they were destined for good causes.

“You then proceeded to collect them with the intention of selling the contents of the bags.

“The aggravating feature is this was a theft from charities and the offence was committed against an employer who had absolutely no idea of your previous convictions.”

The court heard that in 2000, Akenhead, of Okehampton Drive, Newbottle, was jailed for stealing through his job as a postal worker.

In 2008, he was jailed again for stealing through his work as a delivery driver.

Last year he was fined for a further theft, again while he was employed as a driver.

The court heard Akenhead had since found new work.

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