A former employee of Fraser Hart in Edinburgh has been found guilty of stealing jewellery from her employer.
Taylor Thomson, 22, worked for the jewellery retailer’s Princes Street store but in February 2022 fell under suspicion after a stock audit revealed that pieces of the collection were missing.
The Daily Record reported that the store’s manager, Emma Davidson, held a suspicion that an employee may have been to blame for the missing pieces, and subsequently took a look through her staff’s social media accounts to look for clues.
Sure enough, Davidson found that one employee had posted photos wearing jewellery that looked similar to the stolen pieces.
She is reported to have called police who went on to charge Thomson.
Thomson appeared in an Edinburgh court on Friday 8 July 2022, and plead guilty to the charges.
Fiscal depute Duncan McKenzie is quoted by the Daily Record as saying: “Between 14 February and 18 February 2022, an audit was conducted for stock inventory at the locus.
“11 items could not be accounted for. Upon checking all the usual places where stock was kept, it was concluded that the items had likely been stolen by a member of staff.
“The store manager, witness Davidson, began checking photographs on social media accounts and it was noted that the accused was wearing some of the property that was suspected to have been stolen. This was reported to the police.
“On 9 June, officers attended at Harrods Beauty where the accused is currently employed. She was cautioned regarding the theft.
“Officers noted that she was wearing a watch that was similar to one that had been reported stolen and the accused removed it. She said that her dad had bought it for her. It was a stainless steel Swiss watch worth £1250, which was seized by officers.
“With the consent of the accused, officers carried out searches at her flat and her parents address in Haddington. At her flat in Edinburgh, she initially directed officers to a bedroom which was not occupied by her.
“She then broke down and said that she had been extremely foolish and had in fact stolen the watch she had given to officers earlier.
“The accused admitted stealing further items of property including a silver bracelet worth £155 and a 9ct yellow gold pair of hoop-style earrings worth £205.”
She was ordered to pay £1,200.