Clear spells


21°C | 8°C

Mostly sunny


22°C | 10°C

Sunny spells


22°C | 14°C

Home   Dartford   News   Article

Bluewater thief Erika Martins sees £60k seized from her bank account and is told to sell car after Hollister theft

11 August 2014
by Thom Morris

A shop assistant jailed for stealing more than £60,000 from a designer clothes store at Bluewater has had her cash confiscated.

Erika Martins, 21, pleaded guilty to theft in April at Maidstone Crown Court, where she was sentenced 10 months in prison.

Investigations by Kent Police found Martins was employed as a cashier and sales assistant at the Hollister - but from July 2012 she had been defrauding her employers by conducting cash refunds to herself.

Hollister worker Erika Martins stole thousands of pounds from the firm

Hollister worker Erika Martins stole thousands of pounds from the firm

A judge heard she manipulated the goods return system and either took cash from the till or diverted it into her own bank account.
Her dishonesty was discovered after a customer saw Martins take money from the till and put it in her pocket.

On August 6, a confiscation hearing at Maidstone Crown Court deemed Martins benefitted from £63,584 as a result of her thefts.

A total of £59,830 made up of seized cash and funds in her bank account was declared available and has been awarded to Hollister as compensation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Martins, of Crown Woods Way, Eltham, London, was also ordered to sell her car which was valued at £1,500.


Stories you might have missed

Love heart blaze rips through couple's bedroom

More flood alerts for Kent after county lashed by storm

Delays for motorists as trailer overturns on M25

Council's junk mail blunder costs taxpayers thousands


Click here for more news from Dartford.

Click here for more news from around the county.


Forgotten Password?

Forgotten Username?

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments.
Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email or call 01634 227989.