Samuel Binnington stole £13k worth of Lego and games from Toys R Us store in Poole to sell on eBay

Shop worker stole £13k worth of Lego and games from Toys R Us to sell on eBay

WORKPLACE: The Toys R Us store in Poole

THIEF: Samuel Binnington

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A MAN stole £13,000-worth of toys from his workplace in just three months to sell on eBay.

Samuel Binnington, of Benbow Gardens in Southampton, pilfered Lego, computer games, action figures and more from the Poole branch of Toys R Us while he was employed at the branch.

He then took to the internet to sell the new toys on, spending the money he made on the cost of living.

The 21-year-old admitted theft by employee at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court in early April.

And although he could have faced a jail term for taking the high-value items, judges took the “unusual step” of sentencing him to a community order.

Presiding magistrate Caroline Foster said: “We have thought very carefully about this.

“There are various reasons for the decision.

“We believe that we see a lot of people coming through the courts each day.

“We believe you are genuinely remorseful.

“We are impressed by the family support you have in court here today.

“You have co-operated with the police.

“You have also made generous attempts to repay Toys R Us.”

The court heard that Binnington, who carried out the thefts between November 1, 2013 and February 26 of this year at the Nuffield Industrial Estate toy store, has no previous convictions.

He has already paid back around half of the amount taken, and will start a new job in the coming weeks.

Mrs Foster, who commended Binnington for having employment, “at a time when it’s very difficult for young people”, said she didn’t want to impose any sentence that would prevent him from “moving on with the rest of your life”.

However, she added: “I do believe this is a very serious matter.

“It is an absolute breach of trust.”

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, and ordered to pay £145 in costs.

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8:17am Sat 24 May 14

Huey says...

So where is the deterrent?
So where is the deterrent? Huey
  • Score: 8

8:30am Sat 24 May 14

boyerboy says...

It is now very difficult to commit a crime so serious as to involve a custodial sentence....just ask any of the growing number of disgruntled magistrates.........
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It is now very difficult to commit a crime so serious as to involve a custodial sentence....just ask any of the growing number of disgruntled magistrates......... .................... ................. boyerboy
  • Score: 13

8:35am Sat 24 May 14

justme20092009 says...

nice one
nice one justme20092009
  • Score: -5

8:36am Sat 24 May 14

4FCB says...

The guy made a huge error of judgement, a mistake that will stay on his record for the rest of his life. He has tried to right his wrongs and will I'm sure, continue to do so. In my opinion this is a sensible ruling by the judge.
The guy made a huge error of judgement, a mistake that will stay on his record for the rest of his life. He has tried to right his wrongs and will I'm sure, continue to do so. In my opinion this is a sensible ruling by the judge. 4FCB
  • Score: 56

8:41am Sat 24 May 14

Townee says...

Low pay make temptation greater.
Low pay make temptation greater. Townee
  • Score: 25

8:47am Sat 24 May 14

pete woodley says...

Owe business rates,and you will go down.
Owe business rates,and you will go down. pete woodley
  • Score: 12

9:04am Sat 24 May 14

justsayithowitis says...

It's obvious his parents have paid back the money not him as he hasn't had a job since he got caught. He shouldn't have been able to get jobseekers as he got sacked for theft and had spent money gained from stealing on cost of living. How has he been paying his bills in the meantime. Parents need to stop bailing him out and make him stand on his own two feet
It's obvious his parents have paid back the money not him as he hasn't had a job since he got caught. He shouldn't have been able to get jobseekers as he got sacked for theft and had spent money gained from stealing on cost of living. How has he been paying his bills in the meantime. Parents need to stop bailing him out and make him stand on his own two feet justsayithowitis
  • Score: -5

9:12am Sat 24 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Clearly crime does pay!
Clearly crime does pay! speedy231278
  • Score: 14

9:19am Sat 24 May 14

BournemouthMum says...

If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.
If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves. BournemouthMum
  • Score: -3

9:32am Sat 24 May 14

pete woodley says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.
But you are condoning his actions,therefore you are no better than him,Do you know what his living expenses are,of cause not,it may have been luxury living.THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIEVING.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.[/p][/quote]But you are condoning his actions,therefore you are no better than him,Do you know what his living expenses are,of cause not,it may have been luxury living.THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIEVING. pete woodley
  • Score: 28

9:34am Sat 24 May 14

Huey says...

It makes a mockery of those of us who get up and go to work day in day out to earn our pay, regardless of how much that may be.
It makes a mockery of those of us who get up and go to work day in day out to earn our pay, regardless of how much that may be. Huey
  • Score: 7

10:19am Sat 24 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block!
Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 14

10:28am Sat 24 May 14

apm1954 says...

community service at lego land no doubt.
community service at lego land no doubt. apm1954
  • Score: 5

10:30am Sat 24 May 14

jacs140@btinternet.com says...

There is no excuse for stealing, guess the prison cells are full to bursting and it's only the tax payers paying anyway.
There is no excuse for stealing, guess the prison cells are full to bursting and it's only the tax payers paying anyway. jacs140@btinternet.com
  • Score: 6

11:06am Sat 24 May 14

burgerboy says...

Echo & the Funnymen wrote:
Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block!
I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o)
[quote][p][bold]Echo & the Funnymen[/bold] wrote: Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block![/p][/quote]I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o) burgerboy
  • Score: 14

11:08am Sat 24 May 14

burgerboy says...

burgerboy wrote:
Echo & the Funnymen wrote:
Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block!
I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o)
I wonder how long it took the police to build a case........(;o)
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Echo & the Funnymen[/bold] wrote: Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block![/p][/quote]I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o)[/p][/quote]I wonder how long it took the police to build a case........(;o) burgerboy
  • Score: 4

11:14am Sat 24 May 14

yasinac says...

jacs140@btinternet.c
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wrote:
There is no excuse for stealing, guess the prison cells are full to bursting and it's only the tax payers paying anyway.
Have you actually used your email address as your username? Think you might need a lesson or two in Internet safety!
[quote][p][bold]jacs140@btinternet.c om[/bold] wrote: There is no excuse for stealing, guess the prison cells are full to bursting and it's only the tax payers paying anyway.[/p][/quote]Have you actually used your email address as your username? Think you might need a lesson or two in Internet safety! yasinac
  • Score: 23

11:58am Sat 24 May 14

Huey says...

Townee wrote:
Low pay make temptation greater.
This sums up what is wrong with the uk now.
If you aren't happy with your wages, strive to improve yourself through qualifications and hard work, and get a better job. Change your career, go on some courses, do whatever it takes.
Don't start stealing stuff!
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Low pay make temptation greater.[/p][/quote]This sums up what is wrong with the uk now. If you aren't happy with your wages, strive to improve yourself through qualifications and hard work, and get a better job. Change your career, go on some courses, do whatever it takes. Don't start stealing stuff! Huey
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Sat 24 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Thieving sly cunning little shafto
jail him you know it is
Thieving sly cunning little shafto jail him you know it is nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Sat 24 May 14

spooki says...

"Mrs Foster, who commended Binnington for having employment, “at a time when it’s very difficult for young people”"
I'm confused, should we be happy for him as he had a job?
Forget the fact that in 3 months of working there he managed to steal £13,000 worth of stuff to sell himself. "You had a job, good boy, well done. Go and abuse those who trusted you and steal yourself some Lego."
I'm stunned at some comments and the wording used by the Magistrate. He STOLE stuff from his employers. He's a thief.
"Mrs Foster, who commended Binnington for having employment, “at a time when it’s very difficult for young people”" I'm confused, should we be happy for him as he had a job? Forget the fact that in 3 months of working there he managed to steal £13,000 worth of stuff to sell himself. "You had a job, good boy, well done. Go and abuse those who trusted you and steal yourself some Lego." I'm stunned at some comments and the wording used by the Magistrate. He STOLE stuff from his employers. He's a thief. spooki
  • Score: 18

1:23pm Sat 24 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

burgerboy wrote:
Echo & the Funnymen wrote:
Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block!
I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o)
Should of held him upside down by his legs and LEGO !
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Echo & the Funnymen[/bold] wrote: Nicking LEGO!? Should have sent him to the Block![/p][/quote]I wonder how it took the police to build a case.......(;o)[/p][/quote]Should of held him upside down by his legs and LEGO ! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Sat 24 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

Silly boy commits stupid crime thinking he wouldn't get caught. Gets caught, faces the consequences and gets punished. End of. Any kind of theft should be treated as harshly as the circumstances dictate as a deterrent to other would be fools.
Silly boy commits stupid crime thinking he wouldn't get caught. Gets caught, faces the consequences and gets punished. End of. Any kind of theft should be treated as harshly as the circumstances dictate as a deterrent to other would be fools. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Sat 24 May 14

rusty james says...

£13k worth of Lego? That's about eight kits then.
£13k worth of Lego? That's about eight kits then. rusty james
  • Score: 15

5:29pm Sat 24 May 14

dvdr says...

And where were the ToysRUs security people? How can £13k worth of stock be sneaked out of the store within the space of 4 months before alarm bells rang and checks were put into place? This is not to excuse the thief, but there must be something wrong with the store's system if something like this can happen on so short a scale of time and high value of stock. Or is this just above the normality limit?
And where were the ToysRUs security people? How can £13k worth of stock be sneaked out of the store within the space of 4 months before alarm bells rang and checks were put into place? This is not to excuse the thief, but there must be something wrong with the store's system if something like this can happen on so short a scale of time and high value of stock. Or is this just above the normality limit? dvdr
  • Score: 6

5:50pm Sat 24 May 14

pete woodley says...

dvdr wrote:
And where were the ToysRUs security people? How can £13k worth of stock be sneaked out of the store within the space of 4 months before alarm bells rang and checks were put into place? This is not to excuse the thief, but there must be something wrong with the store's system if something like this can happen on so short a scale of time and high value of stock. Or is this just above the normality limit?
Very good question,but having done quite a bit of store security,it may be like some stores where the guard only watches for shoplifters,and not for staff,or the storerooms.Thieving by staff was quite prevalent,and most probably still is,including management,I was once in trouble for catching the store manager and his friend sneaking stuff out.When i was at a very large store on the outskirts of Poole,i considered more was lost from the storerooms, than shoplifted..
[quote][p][bold]dvdr[/bold] wrote: And where were the ToysRUs security people? How can £13k worth of stock be sneaked out of the store within the space of 4 months before alarm bells rang and checks were put into place? This is not to excuse the thief, but there must be something wrong with the store's system if something like this can happen on so short a scale of time and high value of stock. Or is this just above the normality limit?[/p][/quote]Very good question,but having done quite a bit of store security,it may be like some stores where the guard only watches for shoplifters,and not for staff,or the storerooms.Thieving by staff was quite prevalent,and most probably still is,including management,I was once in trouble for catching the store manager and his friend sneaking stuff out.When i was at a very large store on the outskirts of Poole,i considered more was lost from the storerooms, than shoplifted.. pete woodley
  • Score: 7

10:54pm Sat 24 May 14

misplacedspaniard says...

That's what you get for not matching up the cost of living with the wages - theft.
That's what you get for not matching up the cost of living with the wages - theft. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: -5

11:09pm Sat 24 May 14

elfinia says...

Glad he has a criminal record 'cos that's what he is. Should have gone to jail ( and not passed "GO" and not collected £13000 )
Glad he has a criminal record 'cos that's what he is. Should have gone to jail ( and not passed "GO" and not collected £13000 ) elfinia
  • Score: 3

11:21pm Sat 24 May 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

Silly man should've thought ahead and made himself a lego getaway car.
Silly man should've thought ahead and made himself a lego getaway car. Domingo De Santa Clara
  • Score: 2

10:23am Sun 25 May 14

LornaBournemouth says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.
I agree with you fully. I had a friend who worked for them on a Uni work placement for one year, he lost 2 stone in weight and was made to work a ridiculous amount of hours for a very low wage. I think you will find that it is Toysrus who are the thieves!!
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.[/p][/quote]I agree with you fully. I had a friend who worked for them on a Uni work placement for one year, he lost 2 stone in weight and was made to work a ridiculous amount of hours for a very low wage. I think you will find that it is Toysrus who are the thieves!! LornaBournemouth
  • Score: 4

11:24am Sun 25 May 14

justsayithowitis says...

LornaBournemouth wrote:
BournemouthMum wrote:
If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.
I agree with you fully. I had a friend who worked for them on a Uni work placement for one year, he lost 2 stone in weight and was made to work a ridiculous amount of hours for a very low wage. I think you will find that it is Toysrus who are the thieves!!
If you don't like the hours or the hourly rate then don't sign the contract
[quote][p][bold]LornaBournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.[/p][/quote]I agree with you fully. I had a friend who worked for them on a Uni work placement for one year, he lost 2 stone in weight and was made to work a ridiculous amount of hours for a very low wage. I think you will find that it is Toysrus who are the thieves!![/p][/quote]If you don't like the hours or the hourly rate then don't sign the contract justsayithowitis
  • Score: 3

11:27am Sun 25 May 14

justsayithowitis says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.
Stealing is wrong. If he spent the proceeds on the cost of living but could still live after getting the sack and pay back £6500 in a very short space of time what sort of lifestyle did he have
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: If this scumbag company paid a living wage to it's staff (without whom it wouldn't be able to function) this sort of thing wouldn't happen. I'm not condoning his actions, but his mitigation i.e. that he spent the proceeds on 'the cost of living' says it all. A friend of my daughter worked tor this company for a short while and they treat their staff like slaves.[/p][/quote]Stealing is wrong. If he spent the proceeds on the cost of living but could still live after getting the sack and pay back £6500 in a very short space of time what sort of lifestyle did he have justsayithowitis
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Sun 25 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Townee wrote:
Low pay make temptation greater.
Pay peanuts you get monkeys
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Low pay make temptation greater.[/p][/quote]Pay peanuts you get monkeys HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Mon 26 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Huey wrote:
So where is the deterrent?
Google. This will follow him for life. And employers DO check.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So where is the deterrent?[/p][/quote]Google. This will follow him for life. And employers DO check. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

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