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Next manager Darren Martin robbed Braehead store of £16,000

A man who stole £16,535 from a Next store where he worked as an assistant manager has been jailed for 10 months.

Darren Martin, 29, from Dumbarton, used his own key and PIN number to enter the store in Braehead Shopping Centre on 13 June last year.

He gave himself up to police weeks later after spending all the cash he removed from the safe.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, Martin was told that there was no other alternative to a custodial sentence.

The court heard how Martin had been at his parents' home after drinking, when they had an argument. He later made reference to "robbing the store".

As he was drunk, they took no notice, but Martin took a taxi to the Next store at Braehead, opened the security shutter, turned off the alarm and used a his PIN code and key he had for the safe to take the money.

Previous conviction

He re-emerged, got back in the taxi and booked himself into a hotel room.

In the weeks which followed he twice made contact with police, saying he wished to hand himself in, but on each occasion he failed to do so.

By the time Martin gave himself up, he had spent all the cash.

Jailing him, Sheriff Tom McCartney said: "Given the large sum involved, that there was no recovery, given that there was a breach of trust and given that your record includes a previous analogous conviction on indictment, imprisonment is the only option."

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