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Harlow employee of Barnardo’s charged with theft from store

News / Wed 22nd Jul 2015 pm31 12:18pm

AN employee of Barnardo’s in Bishop’s Stortford is to appear in court accused of redirecting more than £2,000 from the children’s charity to his own bank account.

He will also face a charge of burglary after a break-in at the Barnardo’s outlet in Lancaster Way.

The incident happened overnight between 5pm last Friday (July 17) and 9am on Saturday.

A thief got into the shop by unknown means, went to a rear office, found a hidden safe key and took £295 cash.

It is believed the same person redirected £2,235.06 from the charity to his own bank account.

When asked how the money was transferred, a Barnardo’s spokesperson said: “Barnardo’s works hard to raise as much money as possible to help the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people. We take all criminal matters extremely seriously. As this case is now in the hands of the police, we cannot comment any further.”

Christopher Saltmarsh, 32, from Harlow, has been charged with burglary and theft by employee.

He is to appear at North East Herts Magistrates’ Court on August 10.

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