A trainee pilot from London has been spared jail after stealing thousands of pounds worth of Michael Kors jewellery from a duty free shop at Gatwick Airport.
Lavanyah Anandarooban, 23, from Walthamstow, admitted guilty to theft by an employee at Crawley Magistrates’ Court after an investigation found she stole items totalling £12,000 from World Duty Free between January and July this year.
According to the Evening Standard, Anandarooban was working part-time at the shop inside the airport’s south terminal while she trained to become a pilot.
As well as Michael Kors jewellery and watches, she took Pandora bracelets and charms, a pink Radley purse and a range of Swarovski items.
Police seized the stolen items at her flat after she was arrested by police.
She has been sentenced by West Sussex magistrates to a community order, requiring her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
All the stolen items have since been returned to World Duty Free.
Sergeant Darren Taylor, of the Gatwick Airport Policing Team, told the paper: “This conviction sends a clear message that theft on any scale – whether you are a passenger or an employee at Gatwick Airport – will not be tolerated. The airport is a safe and secure place, and anyone caught stealing will be dealt with robustly.”
He said that Anandarooban pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, allowing the investigation to be brought to a quick conclusion. “The encouraging thing about her sentence is she is required to carry out unpaid work, which will benefit not only the community, but her as well.”