Security guard jailed for ATM theft

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A security guard has been jailed for 15 months for stealing nearly £50,000 of the cash he was supposed to be guarding.

Former soldier David Glass, 33, swiped money on 50 occasions while refilling cash machines between October and December last year. After being questioned over £1,180 that went missing from a
delivery to Hollywood Bowl in Hull, he resigned, triggering an investigation from his employers, security firm Loomis.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Jack said that most of the money appeared to have gone on extravagant spending. According to the Daily Mail, when police raided Glass's house they found £3,279 in cash, along with iPods, iPads, a Blu-ray player and invoices for purchases of a car and jewellery.

In an attempt to disguise the source of the money, Glass initially paid the money into the bank accounts of his wife, Verity, and his sister-in-law Bethany Sizer. Verity Glass, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of £14,000 in criminal property and was sentenced to a 12-month community order. Sizer, who is expecting a baby in two months' time, was given a 12-month conditional discharge for transferring £5,500 in criminal property.

Defending Glass, barrister Harold Bloomfield said that the former soldier had adapted badly to civilian life after leaving the army.

"He was in the Royal Logistics Corp serving in Kosovo in 1986 where he witnessed unfortunate events. This has made his personality more fragile," he told the court. "After leaving the army, where he had a position of responsibility, he found it difficult to cope with the loss of status."

But, said the judge, this was no excuse for his offences. "There was no reason for you to take that money," he said. "There has to be a custodial sentence. The public would expect no less for the level of theft you have committed."

A spokesman for Loomis was unavailable for comment.