Barwoman steals cash from a Hucknall club to pay for her dead dog’s cremation

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A cash-strapped barwoman was collared after she stole £205 from a Hucknall club to pay for her dead pet’s cremation.

Linda Cronie, of Ryknield Road Hucknall, pleaded guilty at  Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, to stealing the cash from Central Social Club.

The court was told Cronie, 46 was a new member of staff at the club and her manager noticed that £75 had gone missing from the till on January 14.

A further £130 went missing the next day.

Cronie was arrested and admitted stealing the money.

She told police her dog had died on Christmas Day and she wanted to have it cremated, but could not afford the fees.

Her defending solicitor told the court she had been suffering from depression and had been under a lot of stress.

Her husband was retraining after leaving the armed forces and she felt she couldn’t ask him for the money.

The court heard that Cronie had a record of four previous convictions of theft dating back to 2008, which included stealing from previous employers.

Cronie was given a three month prison sentence suspended for 12 months with a supervision requirement to take part in a thinking skills programme.

She was ordered to pay £75 compensation to the club, together with an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Her probationer said Cronie had accepted responsibility for her actions and the thefts showed a clear pattern of behaviour.

The Lead Magistrate said the offences were a very serious breach of trust.