Keyline thief caught by CCTV

A thief who twice stole good from the Bristol branch of Keyline Builders Merchants has been fined by Bristol Magistrates Court .
In May 2013 Patrick McQuaid obtained goods from the branch, charging them to a credit account that he did not have the account holder’s permission to use.

He was caught on CCTV, and the account holder identified him as someone who had been sub-contracted to them previously.

McQuaid was charged with two counts of Fraud by False Representation, and appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on the 22 January 2014, where he pleaded guilty on both charges. Initially McQuaid’s defence asked that he be dealt with by the way of a Conditional Caution, as this was his first offence. However, Tim James, general manager of Keyline Bristol, asked that the matter be dealt with with a view to securing a criminal conviction, as McQuaid had committed the same offence twice, and had used a false name to try and cover up his crimes.

McQuaid was fined £100.00 and instructed to pay £301.29 in compensation.

James said: “We report all allegations of criminality against the business on-line to Avon and Somerset Police for non-urgent crimes. We have robust systems in place to identify theft and fraud, and have had a number of successful prosecutions. The Police provide excellent service when we have robust evidence to support any allegations of criminality against the business.

“Builders merchants are all too often seen as soft targets by those that steal and commit fraud against them. By making sure there are robust stock systems in place, and good CCTV in the right places, you can really deter crimes against your business.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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